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Saturday, December 29, 2012
From Florida to Filby, Cobholm to Kenya and London to Lapland, Jack the travelling teddy bear has seen a lot of the world in the last year.
The little furry friend has in fact covered almost 40,000 miles in his first 12 months as holiday buddy to youngsters at Cobholm Primary School.
And his impressive haul of passport stamps has now earned his globe -trotting owners first prize in a borough-wide competition.
Marine survey firm Gardline, based in Great Yarmouth, launched the Teddy Bear Adventure contest with the aim of broadening youngsters’ horizons and boosting their geography knowledge.
Jack and 11 other cuddly companions were distributed to 12 primary schools and pupils were encouraged to take their new furry friends on excursions and holidays - locally, nationally and abroad - then take pictures and write a report of what they got up to on their travels.
Jack quickly became the holiday buddy of choice for Cobholm youngsters who took him across Norfolk, England, Wales and the world, and his adventures have now scooped the school a certificate and £50 book voucher after he covered the most miles out of all the travelling teds.
Christine Ward, teacher at the school in Mill Road, said pupils had thoroughly enjoyed the friendly competition and they had learnt a lot through Jack.
“He’s been very popular, the children love him. They have taken him far and near and were very excited to know they’d won,” she added.
“We looked at the maps to see where Jack had been and he also got involved with career aspirations as well and had photos taken with the local fire brigade. And he’s been an extremely good learning tool.”
Jackie Dixon, from Gardline’s corporate communications team, said the teddy bears’ adventure had also built relationships between the schools and the firm, with Gardline staff visiting pupils to give talks about their work and marine life and taking part in reading partnerships.
And the firm hoped the scheme has encouraged the youngsters to think about their future and how they can fulfil their potential.
Jackie added: “It really captured the children’s imaginations and helped them realise how many different places there were in the world and there’s no place that really can’t be reached.”
Jack was due to spend Christmas in Portugal but the festive trip will certainly not be his last as he has now become a permanent fixture at Cobholm, and is expecting to be whisked off to more exotic locations next year.