My Adventures with Backpack Bear Part II

What a busy week for our friend Backpack Bear from Jackson Primary!  Take a look at a few of his (our) adventures.

Holiday Card

Monday I learned that Backpack Bear is REALLY GOOD at putting labels on holiday cards!  We are sending out cards to our friends throughout the district, featuring the winning designs from our Winter Card Contest.  Backpack Bear really got into the action and helped me and Katie, our new executive director of partnerships, development and grants.

Backpack Bear helped to stuff holiday stockings this week with toys for over 2,400 Atlanta children at Santa’s Village.  He loved helping to fill the orders…especially while riding in the front seat of the shopping cart.  And yes, he was wearing his seatbelt!


I kept Backpack Bear close during our weekly Tuesday meeting with district leaders.  He was a little nervous being in such a big conference room with so many grown-ups, but pretty soon – he was chiming in on operating models, Georgia Milestones and Title I discussions.  Thanks Backpack Bear for the great counsel!

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Backpack Bear with Nancy Meister and Beth Beskin, State Representative Elect, District 54


Backpack Bear with board member Eshe’ Collins


Backpack Bear with board member Leslie Grant; State Senator-Elect District 42, Elena Parent; Legislative Consultant and Georgia Registered Lobbyist with Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP, Helen Sloat and APS Deputy Superintendent, David Jernigan


This Wednesday, the Board of Education, along with myself and Backpack Bear, facilitated a presentation and question and answer session with the Atlanta area Legislative Delegation on the APS 2015 legislative priorities.  Everyone loved getting to know my new friend!


The week isn’t over.  Can you guess where Backpack Bear and I will be today?  Stay tuned!

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