SOUTHLAKE — For students at Durham Intermediate School Oct. 30 was all about “da” bears.The Carroll Independent School District campus hosted its third annual Teddy Bear Auction through the school day.Fifth- and sixth-graders, with money given to them by their parents, bid on a roomful of teddy bears that they and the school community had decorated. There were Duck Dynasty-themed bears, a pair of Hunger Games bears, and even some with extras such as gift cards and candy.Children showed their friends the bears they designed and walked through rows of options. A police officer bear made by school resource officer Matthew Petrie received a high bid of $150. A peacock bear topped the bidding at $156.Principal Debra Moore said the event started three years ago through a student council-lead initiative. She said being part of the donation process is important to the children.“That’s what I’m about at this school,” she said. “Kids giving back to kids, not just writing a check.”Moore said the school eclipsed its $4,000 goal by raising about $4,500.“It just gets bigger and bigger every year and we get better and better every year,” she said.The money raised went toward Spokes 4 Hope, who a nonprofit that builds bicycles for children who would not otherwise receive one.Lauren and Tim Stone of State Farm Agency donated all of the bears so 100 percent of the proceeds could go to the charity.“This is going for children in need,” Lauren Stone said. “This way teaches these kids to be charitable givers.”Three students even tried to pool their funds to win a bear in a blue dress with peacock feathers for their peacock-loving teacher.The school community, along with the Southlake police and fire departments, built 100 bicycles Tuesday evening.Lauren Stone said it was eye-opening to see the children work with public safety officials, and even more rewarding to see some of the bicycles go to children who attend Carroll schools.
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