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Students dress bears to show they care

February 4, 2015

The bears at Moreau First graders at Moreau Elementary School recently dressed bears that will hopefully help cheer up those in the community that need a hug!

Through the Schuylerville-based non-profit organization Bridging People and Places, the students dressed many “Bear Hugs Teddy Bears.”

The bears are “dressed and filled with love,” and then given to various organizations in the area, who in turn distribute them to others. Organizations and individuals that receive them in our region include Double H Ranch, Cindy’s Comfort Camps, and Community Hospice, as well as children who have lost a loved one, shelters for domestic violence or abused and neglected children.

The bears are dressed in hand-knitted sweaters and hats, which are made by volunteers from around the country. Each year, the organization distributes about 3,000 bears.

Students dress bears at MoreauMoreau first-grade teacher Karen Carayiannis, who organizes Moreau’s participation, says students have been dressing the bears for at least the last five years.

“We think it goes hand-in-hand with our Moreau philosophy, ‘Children can make a difference,'” Carayiannis said.

Each bear also has this Bear Hugs Poem attached:
We all need hugs
Just to get along.
Some hugs are weak;
These hugs are strong.
I’m filled up with love
From people who care,
So if you need a hug,
I’ll always be there.
When you look in my eyes,
You can see who you are;
You’re special and priceless,
A shining bright star.

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