Teddy Bears were the perfect surprise for our 1st graders at Laurel Elementary as they enter the holiday break.
Operation Teddy Bear, a project with CUSD partners, the Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach and the Kinecta Federal Credit Union, paid a visit to Laurel Elementary to surprise our students with special gifts.
The schoolbags distributed by the project promote literacy, teach students about the word "volunteer," and get students to talk about examples of what a volunteer does.
The visit to all four first grade classes at Laurel Elementary began with a story time session about a Teddy Bear who volunteers to help others. The volunteers from the Kinecta organization ask students to raise their hand if they know what a volunteer is. "A volunteer is somebody with a big heart who likes helping other people. Today, hundreds of volunteers have helped put together a very special gift for each of you," explains, Nivia Torres, Team Lead.
Teddy Bear Literacy schoolbags were then handed out to every student in the class. The bags include a little teddy bear, many books for students to read over the winter break as well as art supplies and writing supplies. By the look on our young scholars faces they were very excited and thankful for the visit.
Laurel Elementary was only one of several CUSD schools visited by Operation Teddy Bear, which was started in 1994. This year the Volunteer Center delivered literacy schoolbags and literacy materials to 5,700 first graders in than 50 schools throughout the South Bay. It takes about 350 volunteers to pack and deliver the literacy schoolbags.
Funding is provided by corporate, foundation and individual donations. Operation Teddy Bear does not receive any government funding.
School Captain and Volunteer from Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Latrice McGlothin says, "Doing more for our Compton schools and students is essentially our main goal. Its a joy for us to be here today and put smiles on these kids faces."