Bearly asleep: Teddy bears take over Smith Elementary School

by | Dec 6, 2018 | Education

Olivia McLemore and Adria Reddick find their bears reading after the bear sleepover at Smith Elementary School. (Courtesy photo)

There’s no better way to learn about the letter B than to bring a few bears to life. And that’s exactly what happened at Smith Elementary as the kindergarten students brought their stuffed animals for a sleep over and they took over the school.

Kindergarten lead teacher Michelle McCord got the idea for a bear sleepover when she attended a Frog Street Press workshop, and she and her co-workers have been doing it for their students for the last 25 years.

“The students bring their bears on Thursday, and we learn about the letter B and all about bears,” she said. “And then the bears spend the night, and school ‘magic’ takes over.”

According to McCord, there’s quite a bit of buildup to prepare for the bears and the ensuing chaos caused when the bears take over.

By Jean Ann Collins • Contributing Writer • [email protected]

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