A Friendship Bench on the playground at Sleepy Eye Elementary School was dedicated in memory of John Ladd, on Wednesday morning, Aug. 15.

A Friendship Bench on the playground at Sleepy Eye Elementary School was dedicated in memory of John Ladd, on Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, after the staff breakfast. School staff wore pink—John’s favorite color—and hosted several members of his family for breakfast and the bench dedication. John was a long-time custodian at the school who passed unexpectedly in January. The Friendship Bench was donated by his siblings.