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December 27, 2013

Care bears

WCS students visit Cook Children’s Medical Center, make bears, animals for patients

Second and third graders at Weatherford Christian School traveled to Cook Children’s Hospital on Dec. 18 to take part in their annual service project of “Build A Bear” for the patients being treated by the Fort Worth hospital.

Each year, each grade level chooses a mission project they would like to participate in during the holiday season in order to give back to others that otherwise might not receive.

The Build A Bear project takes place at Cook Children’s Hospital in the Build A Bear Workshop and students are given the opportunity to build the bear or animal of their choice by stuffing them and dressing them with the apparel that they have researched and chosen.

Additionally, the children must raise money in order to pay for their bear, so the planning starts weeks ahead and students create a work log in order to create chores or jobs that they can do to raise money for their project. The minimum bear costs $10 but clothing and accessories are additional, so students typically aim to raise between $20 and $30 to make their bear extra special for the children.

Once the bear is created at the hospital, they then pray over them and the bear is  given to sick children at the hospital in order to comfort them during their stay. The field trip has also become an educational experience for the student’s parents who attend.

While the kids are busy creating their bears, the parents are given a tour of Cook Children’s Hospital and educated on how the state-of-the-art facility runs and operates on a daily basis. WCS officials say they are proud to partner with Cook Children’s Hospital and look forward to this service project each year.

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