February 21, 2013 - Southtown Star, A Chicago-Sun Times Publication

Ahern: Teddy Bear Giveaway Boosts Beverly Children

Beacon Students Deliver Bears to SeniorsStudents 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.”