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“The YMCA of San Diego County found the bears to be a great reinforcement supplement to our YMCA Character Development program.”
-Pattie Griffin
Vice President of Marketing and Communication
YMCA of San Diego County


"This is my daughters favorite new teddy bear!  She takes him with her everywhere and is no longer afraid to go to bed alone at night.  I will be buying many more for birthday gifts.  It's the one stuffed animal I think we will keep until she goes away to college."
-Sherri - Mother of 5 year old girl


“We are thrilled to have a Character Bear here in our Murrieta 1st grade classroom to support our Character Counts program. We’ve named our bear Buddy. Buddy goes home daily with a different student to identify and reinforce character traits. The students can’t wait for their turn! We have added a Character Journal as part of the experience so that the children and their parents can respond to and illustrate how each character trait is revealed in their child’s life. The next day, the child gets to share their experience with the class. It’s a magical, wonderful learning experience. We are so excited to have “Buddy”, our Character Bear, as a part of our 1st grade classroom. I would recommend this bear to all Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers. He’s a great addition to our class and also meets many California State Standards in Language Arts.”
Julia Peralta
Ist Grade Teacher – Rail Ranch Elementary School, Murrieta, CA