Members of Bellevue Elementary School’s 5th-grade Cub Council leadership group co-mingle with stuffed bears collected for the school’s Bear Hugs Valentine’s Day assembly on Feb. 14. The gift of a teddy bear can help alleviate stress, and at the assembly, they’ll be distributed primarily to groups that represent children involved in crisis situations. St. Luke’s, the Bellevue Marshal’s Office, The Advocates, the Silver Creek High School daycare and The Cove of Cascadia, formerly Bell Mountain Village and Care Center, are all recipients. So far, 120 bears have been collected and another 50 are on the way. The school is still collecting bears and thanks the generous Bellevue businesses that donated them.

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