NHS bear hunt


Story by Ricky Cooks, staff writer

It’s a cold winter night, and there’s an unfortunate little girl attempting to sleep in an unheated home. Freezing, lonely and afraid of the night, the girl reaches for her teddy bear that her parents got for her. The bear gives her comfort, and she finally falls asleep.

National Honor Society will be hosting a “Bear Hunt” through the first week of November. A tradition stretching back more than 20 years, the “Hunt” is an annual stuffed animal drive. The donated animals will be going to the Salvation Army, Battered Women’s Shelter, Texarkana Baptist Orphanage, Water Springs Ranch and the Texarkana Police and Fire Departments.

“The first year we did it, we set a goal of 200 stuffed animals,” National Honor Society sponsor Linda Teeters said. “We ended up delivering 700 and kept doing it because it was a huge success.”

The drive will be going on through Nov. 6. Stuffed animals can be brought to Room 228 or given to a NHS member. The club plans on getting the animals delivered before Thanksgiving break.

“We really enjoy doing the deliveries,” Teeters said. “It really makes the students feel good when they get to see the faces of the children they’re delivering stuffed animals to.”