After leaving Nashville, we traveled north through Kentucky and the southern part of Illinois, before turning west in St. Louis and heading to our final destination – Kansas City.
And as luck would have it, we had a chance to meet with Miss Diana, who is in charge of the SATW Traveling Teddies program. She’s more affectionately known as the “bear chair” to all of us involved in the program.
For those of you unfamiliar with the program (especially you teachers who would like to have a SATW writer and bear adopt your class) it’s free, fun and very easy to join.
Basically all you have to do is to send an e-mail to Miss Diana, and tell her that your class would like to participate in the program. She will then find a SATW writer and match him or her up with a Traveling Teddy that your class can adopt for the year. As the writer travels, he or she will send your class postcards or maybe even post on a blog like I do with Cherrie. The writer will also visit your class and tell your students about the fun places they have visited.
The program is geared towards third graders, and the purpose is to teach them about geography. It’s an outreach program of SATW, and we’re particularly interested in serving schools that may not have budgets for activities such as this. The goal is to expose kids to travel and teach them about other places in the world – near and far. And like I said, it’s free.
Cherrie doesn’t really have a class, as her followers are located around the world. In addition to teaching kinds about geography, she also shows disabled children that they can also travel. And she shows their classmates that kids in wheelchairs are just like everyone else.
So, if you know of a teacher who would like to participate in this fun and educational program, just drop Miss Diana a note at teddy@SATW.org. You can also find out more about the SATW Traveling Teddies Program on the SATW website.
Stay tuned for more details about Cherrie’s Kansas City visit!