Your Thanks: Teddy Bear Tees

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Editor of the Reformer,

This spring, Teddy Bear Teas were held at 15 Schools in Windham County. These Teas were sponsored by Early Education Services and the participating Windham County Elementary Schools. These annual Teas are designed to encourage an open and trusting partnership between home and school. They also are a way for children and their families to connect with the community, access resource information and have fun!

This year, 431 children (ages 0-5), parents, grandparents, caregivers, early educators and school staff attended the Teddy Bear Teas. Attendees visited with school staff, viewed the school, heard stories, created teddy bear headbands, ate delicious teddy bear cookies and drank "magic" teddy bear tea.

It's clear that the Teddy Bear Teas continue to be enjoyed by many. They would not have been possible without the support of the schools that held the teas, local businesses and many helpful individuals. The Mary Meyer Corporation continues to fund snacks and supplies as it has for many years. Teddy bear cookies were made by RSVP members and students from Brattleboro Union High School (Family and Consumer Science, Foods and Advanced Foods Students). Publicity was provided by local schools and local media outlets including the Brattleboro Reformer and Parent Express.

A great big thank you to all of them and to anyone else I forgot to mention! I'd also like to thank all the people who assisted at the teas. These included school staff, students, early educators, Welcome Baby volunteers, Early Childhood Special Education staff, and youth librarians from Brooks Memorial Library and the Whitingham Library. The donations and support were greatly appreciated, not just by me, but by all the children, adults and stuffed animal friends who attended the Teas.

Sandy Stark

Parent Child Center Coordinator

Early Education Services

June 14

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