By DAVE McMILLION
Reading lessons at Paramount Elementary School took a twist this week when they were delivered to students by a new friend - a bear that arrived by mail.
It wasn't a live bear, but considering all his trappings, McHenry Book Bear almost passed as a real life character.
Inside the stuffed teddy bear's box was food for his nationwide trip, a journal to tell where he's been and even a Web site to explain his project.
"He even gets to go to Hawaii, and we don't," said Diane Mentzer, media specialist at Paramount.
The 15-inch-tall bear was developed by McHenry Elementary School in Rome, Ga., as a way to promote reading in schools across the country. Schools that participate in the McHenry Book Bear Project receive the bear through the mail.