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Banky Bear Brings Reading Program to Liberty School from Braintree Cooperative

Braintree Cooperative Bank is a community financial institution that offers a wide array of personal and commercial services.

Employees of the visited second graders recently to introduce them to their Banky Bear reading program.

This is Liberty School’s fourth year with the program.

“We enjoy visiting the classrooms and seeing how excited the students are
to participate in this program” Executive Secretary Maryellen Leahy said.

“We believe this program will provide an exciting approach to reading,” Lisa Harrigan added.

The bank employees brought along the Bank’s mascot Banky Bear to introduce to the children. Harrigan, Leahy, Charlene Luciano and Mike Marshall visited each second grade classroom and read a story to the children. The Legend of the Teddy Bear by Frank Murphy tells the story of how the Teddy bear got his name from President Theodore Roosevelt.

Each classroom was then given a bag containing a stuffed Teddy Bear, journal, stickers and pencils. The students will take turns each night bringing Banky Bear home with them. They promised to read to Banky Bear and write about what they read in the journals. Braintree Cooperative Bank will return to the classrooms and read with the children and give students a chance to share their stories about Banky Bear to the class.

“I enjoy the intent listening of the children as we read," Luciano said. "The pure excitement in their smiles makes this part of my job very rewarding."

–Braintree Cooperative Bank

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