It is that time of the year to give back to the community, and how did Logan High students do that? They gave back by holding an event called Bear Hugs Christmas. Bear Hugs was created the year of 2014 at Logan High with the help of the Utah Jazz to help underprivileged children in need for Christmas.
At Bear Hugs, students from each elementary school in the district are chosen to get paired up with two or three high school students. After they get paired up, the high school students have pizza, apples, cookies, and milk. While eating with their Bear Hug child, the high school students get t to talk to the students and they get to know each other. Once they are done eating, they head to the buses together to go Christmas shopping for toys, candy, clothes, or whatever the child chose.
Eduardo Betancourt, a sophomore, attended Bear Hugs Christmas for the first time this year. Betancourt said he decided to come because, “I wanted to help out our community by taking kids whose parents aren't fortunate enough to give them gifts for the holidays.”
“My experience with Bear Hugs was amazing. I loved getting to meet the child and being able to help them pick the presents they wanted. If I had another year of school I would totally do it again.”
Betancourt added, “It was fun, and the kid we got (Juan Hernandez) was nice. He didn't just care about himself. He bought stuff for other people, so I had a great time spending time with the kid.” Betancourt’s favorite part was “being with the child and getting to learn about him and his family.”
It was sophomore Desi Lambaren’s second time attending Bear Hugs since it has started at Logan High. Lambaren said she enjoys “getting to spend time with these kids and getting to know them. It's always been great. I think Bear Hugs is just an amazing thing to do. Getting to know someone is way cool, and plus those kids actually might want to talk about something they've never told anyone. I just think Bear Hugs is great.”
Jackie Degarcia, a senior who has attended Bear Hugs in previous years, said she has came back because, “I thought it was an amazing experience being part of it.” She said her favorite of Bear Hugs “was when we first got to meet the child and eat pizza and talk with the child you got then have Grizzwald and the Jazz Bear come to the school and sing Christmas songs.”
She also said, “My experience with Bear Hugs was amazing. I loved getting to meet the child and being able to help them pick the presents they wanted. If I had another year of school I would totally do it again.”
As you can tell, Logan High students love giving back to the community, especially when it involves little kids, shopping, and of course, food. Logan High is not just about teaching its students math, science, or English. Logan High wants to teach its students to get involved in the community, to make the community a better and a safer place. If you are looking for a way to give back to the community around the holidays, join your fellow students next year at Bear Hugs.
News Editor: Elizabeth Needham, Emanuel Abebe
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