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'It's raining teddy bears' at Martinsburg High School

December 21, 2012
  • Franesa Brown, left, and Edgar Perez load teddy bears into boxes Thursday for their journey to Newtown, Conn. Franesa and Edgar are students at Martinsburg (W.Va.) High School.
By Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — More than 600 teddy bears are bound for Newtown, Conn., thanks to a quickly launched project at Martinsburg High School to give the grief-stricken community “a big Bear-Hug” for Christmas.

High school theater teacher David Ryan said he announced the project Saturday at the school thespian group’s public performance of “A Seussified Christmas Carol.”

A handwritten note was attached to each bear Thursday afternoon by students who helped pack them into more than 50 boxes, according Ryan.

“It’s just been raining bears,” Ryan said of the response to the project. The boxes of bears are expected to be delivered by Christmas Eve to St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown, Ryan said.

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