About Us









During lunch one day, Mr. Benway welcomed the students by saying, "Welcome to Friday's, I'll be your waiter."  From there Mr.Spieldenner and Mr. Benway adopted the idea that lunch time could be an adventure.

The beginning...

When we started watching the lunchroom in 2006, we found that many students would bring a lot of ‘drama’ to the lunchroom. There were many times when students would get into arguments, and a lot of times we had to talk to students to diffuse a possible fight.  Tears were not uncommon.  There were also many times when students showed their suspicion of us when we walked around the lunchroom.  They would give us ‘dirty looks’ as we came by.  The number of messes students would leave on tables and the floor was difficult to handle.  In addition, we had to make sure that we were visible in all parts of the lunchroom to help deal with disruptive groups of kids and to make sure students acted responsibly.


        We believe that students today are much more responsible, and they are more trusting of us.  Students are very good about keeping the lunchroom clean, and we don’t have nearly as many incidents of disruptive behavior.  And, while it is hard to measure, we have noticed that students are much more receptive to Lunch Bunch activities as well as Birthday Bunch shenanigans.  They feel comfortable being around each other. Students have shown us that they can be trusted with Guitar Hero Tournaments, Dance Dance Revolution competition, and even Camp Chair Chess.  There were many times when we didn’t even supervise these activities, and students handled the responsibility in an adult manner.

The Lunch Bunch was created from the simple idea that kids and adults need to have fun.  Originally, the Lunch Bunch was called the Birthday Bunch and specialized in celebrating birthdays.  Over time the Birthday Bunch became more encompassing and games and activities spilled over into the rest of the week.  We still celebrate birthdays every Friday, and we are always looking for more students and staff to get involved. 


National School of Character Promising Practice Award Winner 2009

Ohio Promising Practice Award Winner 2009

2009 Ohio Schools of Character Summit: Breakout Session Presenters

16th National Forum on Character Education: Poster Session

6th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support: Poster Session

1st Annual Reaching the Wounded Student State Conference

2010 Ohio Schools of Character Summit: Breakout Session Presenters

2nd Annual Reaching the Wounded Student State Conference

Guest speakers- Ashland University 2009, 2010 

What do we do?

We provide games and activities for students to engage in during lunch. 

How do we do it?

We spent years building rapport with the students.  We started slowly with birthday activities and went from there.

Sometimes we go from table to table and encourage entire tables to stack cups or sing songs.  Some days we sit back and let kids come to the games. 

Does it work?

YES! The students of Ashland High School have embraced our unique style of play and often enjoy the activities and games.

Can anyone do this?

YES!  We encourage others to get involved in the Lunch Bunch!

Contact Us

Want to know more? 

Request a free DVD! Email us your name and address and we will send a 14 minute DVD of what we do and the positive impact it has had!

You could also download the Lunch Bunch Starter Kit.  (Click on the image below.)


If you are planning to start your own Lunch Bunch or

if you have questions about what we do or how we do it, email us:

Charles Benway


Ben Spieldenner


A school that plays together stays together!


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The Lunch Bunch