Slew of bears collected by Rockville High School community
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Rockville High School's students and teachers collected more than 100 toys and 85 stuffed bears (and other animals) in the school's annual toy drive, sponsored by the RHS chapter of the National Honor Society. The 13th annual event provided toys and cuddly companions for children at the Cornerstone Foundation's annual holiday party.
Receptionist Debra O'Brien said the tradition was a little different this year without recently-retired receptionist Connie Cokkinias, who had watched over the bears since the drive's inception. O'Brien said the office staff quickly got used to the bears' company, but O'Brien joked that some of the bears, perched in a certain way on the half-wall by her desk, might not be missed as much.
"I won't have to look at bear butts all day," she said.
National Honor Society seniors put the bears and toys into large bags and subsequently into several cars, and brought them to Cornerstone, in advance of the holiday party.
One large bear was temporarily left behind, and raffled off to support the purchase of gift cards for teens at RHS in need of holiday gifts.
For more information, visit www.cornerstone-rockville.org.