Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MLK Jr., Day of Service and National Mentoring Month Celebration

On Saturday, January 16th, a group of B.E.A.R. youth gathered with families and community members to serve others by transporting recyclables from their homes to the Ravalli County Recycling Center. 

We picked up recycling at 9 residences in the Bitterroot. At each pick up, we left behind a small thank you note to show our appreciation for the residents contribution to our community by recycling.

Mike and Meghan pull cardboard out of the truck

Sorting recycling

Gerardo, Lucas, and Amanda hang out in the back of the truck while we run across town picking up recycling

Victoria, Leslie, Meagan, Jeremy, and Jessica made a delicious chili lunch at the B.E.A.R. den

Mike seems confused about where the phone books belong
Phone books? Here they are

Amanda and Mike recycle side by side

                   At the end of the day, we had recycled 2.5 truck bed loads of recyclables!
Lucas helps to empty out the back of the truck

Our day ended with an interactive game of trivia. The winning team won a box of treats which included special snacks from Japan, courtesy of Mike!

Playing trivia in the garage

Thanks to everyone who came to our event to show their support for MLK Jr. and National Mentoring Month! The chili was fantastic and so was the company! 

We look forward to working with our community friends again this spring to celebrate Earth Day in April. More details to come!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Open House and Slideshow

In September we held our Annual End of the year Summer Slideshow & first Open House!

We had plenty of kiddos, their families and local community members stop by and show their support!

Many folks had time to tour the new B.E.A.R. headquarters, chat with the B.E.A.R. staff and meet some of our youth!

At 7, our Annual Slideshow began highlighting a year of adventures and fun!

Playing ping pong in the driveway

Hannah, Mike, and Val give a thumbs up to B.E.A.R.

The boys check out pictures from the past

Sean came back to B.E.A.R. to present youth awards

Diane presents awards to youth

Participants who had been in the program for 3 or more years were presented with a small nature-based gift that highlighted one of their strengths.

                                                Tom presents awards to the Sk8 crew

B.E.A.R. would like to thank all those who came out to support us and join in on the fun!