Samantha “Sammie” Vance is 9 years old and on a mission to make the world a less lonely place starting with making sure all kids have a friend.
After hearing about Buddy Benches (a bench where kids can go when they are lonely and others come up to ask them to play) she collected plastic caps and lids that were then melted into Buddy Benches for her school. She has gained worldwide attention and has impacted and inspired many from kids to adults.
Sammie received a Certificate of Excellence from her cities Mayor, been a guest on the Today Show with Kathie Lee, covered by Martha Stewart Living, USA Today to name a few. She has over 30 million views on numerous videos done on her, including one of them tweeted about by Reese Witherspoon. Recently she partnered with Walgreens to help bring 75 Buddy Benches to schools all over Indiana.
She wants to write books to inspire others to be kind and make a difference.
Sammie lives in Indiana and is in 4th grade. Her favorite subject is math and she loves pizza, DIY crafts, writing poems, and meeting new people. She loves receiving mail from all over the country and the world.