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A bench has been dedicated at a Danbury school in honor of a teacher who passed away this summer.  Students, faculty and staff at Hayestown Avenue School dedicated a so-called "buddy bench" in memory of Shawn Johnson at an assembly just before the December break last week


The bench is a tool designed to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.  Kids are encouraged to include anyone who is sitting on the bench into their play time. 


(Photo Courtesy: Danbury Public Schools, Facebook)


Johnson’s family was at the school assembly. 


The 37-year old died in July.  He was a Newtown native who graduated from West Conn.  Johnson was an avid reader with an interest in history and science.  He had many pets and in his obituary, his family had asked that donations in his name be made to DAWS.

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