Beacon Therapeutic School, Chicago
Empowerment Program at Work

Beacon Flyer - May 2014

May 2014 - What's Happening at Beacon?

 The Bear Givers EmpowerArt Program helps children to experience the joy and pride of creating art, seeing it showcased and sold at a special exhibit.  Click to read more.  

Thanks to Beacon and the Beverly Bank for their acknowledgement of Bear Givers in their ads in the Quarterly publication as shown below .

Chidren empowered to feel pride in Giving Gift is in the Giving  

Beacon Poster for Bear Givers
June 2013 - A warm thank you to Beacon Therapeutic for the beautiful poster they've made for us displaying photos of their "Bear Giving" in action. We are happy to have them on board participating in our Empowerment Program!

Beacon Therapeutic

Beacon Therapeutic partnered with The Bear Givers program to empower our children with the gift of giving.

Beacon participants, students and children hand delivered over 300 bears donated by Bear Givers to the Smith Village Senior Community, Advocate Children’s Hospital of Oak Lawn, Ronald McDonald House and KeyserFamily Pediatric Cancer Center.

Beacon students embraced the mission of The Bear Givers program by making cards, pictures, and letters to share positive feelings with a special delivery of huggable teddy bears. The students’ gift of hope, compassion and comfort lifted many spirits including their own.


Beacon Students Deliver Bears to SeniorsFebruary 2013 - Students from Beacon Therapeutic School visited Smith Senior Living in Chicago’s Beverly community to share teddy bears with the residents for Valentine’s Day, as part of the Bear Givers Empowerment Program.


Peggy Rourke,  director of development at the Beacon School said,  “This event does so much for so many people.  The kids just loved it and were excited. I think this is a wonderful partnership between Beacon Therapeutic and the Bear Givers, and it definitely empowers our kids to feel good about giving. The children at Beacon want to help others, and it is empowering for them to realize that they can do so. They don’t always have to be on the receiving end of things.”


“This is a unique opportunity, where the clients who are often the recipients of goodwill, are now empowered to enhance the lives of others.” -Derek Saker, Director of Communications, OHEL
“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“The feeling the children get when they take that physical bear and that card they created to someone else is very empowering.” -Joseph Sprung, Founder and CEO, Bear Givers
“Children from the school who give one of these bears away also get to keep one for themselves. It is a great way for students to feel good about making a difference in someone’s life.”
“Children can also be ‘benefactors.’ The program teaches children that when they do an act of kindness, they receive something in return. When children give away a teddy bear, they receive a teddy bear to take home. The principle seems quite simple, but the result is truly amazing. Children at SLCD identified charitable organizations in other states and countries. They wrote letters to the children in these other programs and sent teddy bears to ‘make other children feel better.’ Despite severe developmental disabilities, each child had something to say about giving a gift. ‘I sent my teddy bear to a little boy in Mexico. He doesn’t have parents. I have a mommy and a daddy. He must be very sad.’ Children’s insights are precious. Letters were then received from the children who received the teddy bears.”
-Long Island Press