Social studies teacher Lil Diachenko and her Avon seventh-graders loaded up a U-Haul today with gift donations for the Holiday Bear Project.
When Holiday Bear season comes to Avon “there’s real excitement in the air,” says social studies teacher Lil Diachenko.
Diachenko and her seventh-graders today filled up a whole U-Haul truck with gift donations from across the Avon Public Schools. Homeroom teachers, student clubs, educators, and families work together every year to purchase, compile and wrap presents for students around Connecticut who otherwise might not receive any gifts this season. Read more
Thanks to the efforts of their teachers and parents, kindergarten students at Flanders Elementary School in East Lyme had the opportunity to find out how good it feels to give this holiday season. Through the Holiday Bear Project kindergarten teachers at Flanders organized their students to purchase gifts for thirteen needy children who attend another Connecticut school.
The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm, runs the Holiday Bear Project every fall to assist families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide holiday gifts for their children.
Kindergarten teacher Caryn Novick said her students got a lot out of participating in the Holiday Bear Project.
“As the donations came in, the kids really enjoyed watching the bags get bigger and bigger,” she said. “They were very excited to see all of the toys and clothes.”
CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake went to East Lyme to collect the wrapped donations.
“The kindergartners were excited to be part of the Holiday Bear Project and excited to be watching their packages leave,” Leake said. “It was really a great morning.”
Thank you to all the teachers and students around Connecticut who participated in the Holiday Bear Project this year and helped make the holidays brighter for over 500 children!
Still need holiday gifts ideas for the children in your life? Most families welcome passes to museums, zoos, and aquariums, or gift cards or money towards lessons and activities. If you are looking for toys, check out some of the following links for inspiration.
Parents’ Choice Holiday Gift Guide
The nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys offers a variety of options, organized by age or price.
Top 15 Educational Toys of 2012
Most of these options are $25 or less.
Good Housekeeping’s Best Toy Awards 2012
Good Housekeeping checks safety data, subjects toys to a drop tester, and has over 140 children test toys to find the top 24.
Top 10 Fun Toys That Teach from Toy Fair 2012
A list of toys that balance fun and learning from the 2012 Annual American International Toy Fair.
Top 10 Educational Gift Ideas for Geek Parents with Kids
A list of games and learning tools that exercise the brain and imagination.