Last week, Madison High School Life Skills students gifted our South Elementary Kindergarteners with custom-made bears. 76 Life Skills students learned how to hand-stitch in order to create bears designed by the Kindergarteners using felt.
“I was looking for a meaningful project to teach hand stitching to teenagers,” says teacher Mrs. Dana Clark. “I saw pictures of a similar project a student group did and knew this project would be meaningful for all students involved.”
This project is in its fourth year, rotating between elementary schools. It started with snowmen, and the last three years, it has been bears.
“Superintendent Angela Smith was an integral part in choosing bears as the design,” Mrs. Clark adds. “The bears honor her parents’ love of children and reading.”
“My mother had an extensive bear collection. When she passed away nearly three years ago, I thought what better way to honor my parents than donate the bears to classrooms,” says Mrs. Smith. “I found a book, Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies, and I read it to the students before their bears arrived. The joy in watching the bears come to life for the students is pure magic.”