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How a Catforth school is using 100 teddy bears to keep children and staff connected

Posted on - 15th March, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Proud Preston, Schools, Wyre News
Pupils have been doing 'extreme teddying' Pic: Catforth Primary School
Pupils have been doing ‘extreme teddying’ Pic: Catforth Primary School

Catforth Primary School is using 100 teddy bears to help children and staff stay connected throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The wellbeing initiative was suggested by a parent on the Friends of Catforth PTFA, who had seen the idea rolled out successfully at another school.

Early last month, 100 teddies dressed in Catforth Primary t-shirts arrived at the school, thanks to PTFA funding.

Catforth Primary School teddies
The teddies attend assembly Pic: Catforth Primary School

Headteacher Mrs Julie Bainbridge said: “Because we couldn’t be together, helping and hugging each other to get through some difficult days of home-school, then our school teddy could give you a hug instead and be your friend until we could all be together again.”

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Children were surprised with the teddies by PTFA members just before the February half-term holiday.

Mrs Bainbridge said: “The response was amazing! 

“We launched an ‘Extreme Teddying’ event to encourage the children to take their teddy out with them on their daily exercise and take photos of what they got up to.

“The children have really had fun with their teddies, including taking them ballooning, abseiling, climbing and den-building.

“We have received so many messages of thanks. It has been such a worthwhile project and hopefully has helped our children and families through a difficult time.”



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