Reader bears are encouraging the kids of Payette (Idaho) grade school to read more books. Donated teddy bears reward those that complete the reading program.
Children smile proudly when they get a certificate for finishing the program. But, their extra joy comes from choosing a teddy bear — their special reward — to keep and take home.
Such a simple addition to a reading program provides a great incentive for more participation and success.
These kids are lucky to gain a reading friend for life.