I carried Bear in my arms because I guessed that some of them would enjoy seeing their old friend again. I heard many happy exclamations of "BEAR!" when they saw him. When their walk was done I couldn't resist following them outside for a quick visit before they had to leave. Before I knew it a group of the seniors were calling out for me to "wake him up" just like I always do before reading a story in the library. I playfully said that the students are supposed to be sitting "criss-cross applesauce" before I wake Bear up (like I do during class), and the next thing I knew the whole group of seniors were on the ground, ready and waiting! HA! I plopped right down, too, and went through the whole routine: Bear stretched his arms up while making a huge yawn, rubbed his eyes, and looked around at the whole crowd. "Look who came to see us, Bear! You haven't seen these faces in a long time, huh?" Oh, how I wish I had pictures of those kids' faces. It was such a special moment!
One of the seniors shared the following video. You don't get to see the audience, but you can hear their reactions. I love it! Thank you, Rachel!!
My sincerest thanks to Mrs. Weber, Chariho High School principal, for making this moment possible! :)
Class of 2016!
We are so proud of you!