A teddy bear, who travelled half way across the world arrived to a great welcome in Kildare town last week. The bear, which is part of an Etwinning project called “Give me a Hug!” has visited 26 different schools across Europe. His only Irish stop off was at Scoil Bhride Naofa last March 13.
“Etwinning is a European project that allows schools around Europe to informally twin with each other to explore curriculum topics or themes through class project work using ICT - Information Communications Technology,” explained sixth class teacher, Grainne Nugent.
This teddy bear started his journey in Portugal in 2010 and a teacher there posted a bear to another school that agreed to join the project.
“Each school posted the bear on in a relay until he came to us. We’ve just posted him to Malta and he’s almost at the end of his European journey. My 6th class from this year are involved in the project and Ms Houlihan’s 6th class were part of it last year. When he arrived there were presents inside him for us from Belgium - handkerchiefs, chocolates, a teddy bear and some books the other class made,” added Ms Nugent.
The Kildare pupils sent lots of goodies on to Malta including projects on Kildare and Ireland, an Irish flag, Emerald sweets, taytos, cards for each child, friendship bracelets, a dvd of the pupils singing and dancing in Irish, a horseshoe, shamrock stickers, a Kildare magnet, posters for St Patrick’s Day and lots more. The girls were very excited when the bear arrived as they had been tracking his progress on the class map as he went from country to country. His progress was slow through some countries as he had long waits at customs but luckily he finally arrived in Ireland where he stopped off in Kildare town.