BEAR RIVER VALLEY – By Cari Doutre – March 28, 2020
The popular children’s book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury has become a beacon of light for children of all ages during the COVID-19 shutdown, and for some very cute reasons too.
With schools dismissed, libraries closed and orders to stay home and quarantine, parents have found new ways to keep their children entertained and less isolated. A new social media initiative to “go on a bear hunt” started last week and has spread (no pun intended) from community to community.
The initiative is simple – place a stuffed animal bear in the windows of homes and for children to spot on their “bear hunt.”
The Garland Public Library also got involved in the fun. They also called for community members to place stuffed bears in home windows.
“Since we are in Bear Country (go BR Bears!) and this book is a favorite at the library, we want to help spread the word about this fun activity for families,” the library posted.
Although the book is aimed towards younger children, the movement has gotten teens involved now too – and there’s no better place than Bear River country!
On Friday, March 27, Bear River High administration posted on Instagram an activity to brighten up the community and show school spirit at the same time.
For the week of April 6-10, 2020, Bear River High wants the community to show their school spirit by hanging up spirit signs around the community and neighborhoods.
“Spotlight your student, especially your seniors. If you don’t have any students, just show your Bear Pride to our community!”
During that week after spring break, community members can drive around and “hunt for bears” in a school spirited and social distancing safe way.