Crafty idea to spread some cheer

Staff reporterGeraldton Guardian

The Year 1 classes at Allendale Primary School have donated about 50 teddy bears to the Salvation Army, so the charity has extra toys to hand out to disadvantaged children this Christmas.

Teacher Jade Fallon said the children were tasked with coming up with ideas to help others and one student suggested making teddy bears.

“The students designed them, made them and used buttons and ribbons to decorate,” Ms Fallon said.

“What we wanted to do was find a way to innovate the curriculum, to not just learn about things they can do, but to actually take action.”

The bears, which have been given names by the students such as Twinkleberry, Super Ted and NBA superstar Russell Westbrook, will be added to toys collected as part of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

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The bears and other donations will be handed out to children on Christmas Day.

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