Chicago Bears and ComEd have partnered together to bring the "Tales to Tackle" reading program to students throughout Chicago and the suburbs. The main component of the "Tales to Tackle" program is a reading notebook, which includes photos of Bears players. The notebook also includes a list of suggested books and has plenty of space for students to write book reports and allows the students to keep track of the books that they read during the program.
Every child who achieves the goal of reading three books per month for the three month period is entered into a random drawing for the chance to win a special "Bears Experience" at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. The "Tales to Tackle" program is sponsored by ComEd, and is a component of the Chicago Bears Education initiative, which is presented by Chase. Teachers interested in bringing the "Tales to Tackle" reading program to their school should call the Chicago Bears community relations department at (847) 739-5308 for more information.
The Chicago Bears and Symetra would like to congratulate the following teachers for being named a 2013 "Symetra Hero in the Classroom": Sarah Kirkpatrick of Our Lady of Charity School, Julie Ahern of Andrew Cooke Magnet School, Rick Bailey of Johnsburg High School, Susan Brontman of Aptakistic Junior High School, Nancy Ermel of Jerling Junior High School, Natalie Daley of Pritchett Elementary School, Lisa Courtney of North-Grand High School, Mavis Netterstron of Ridgewood High School, Joe Dudycha of Jane Addams Elementary School, Andrew Carter of St. Anne Catholic School, Erik Engel of Willowbrook High School, Kim McDannel of Coonley Elementary School, Steve Skweres of Hamilton Elementary School, Susan Echeverria of Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center, Alison Eichhorn of Second Chance High School, Peter Heid of Wauconda High School.
The Chicago Bears and Symetra Financial partnered to bring the Symetra "Heroes in the Classroom" program to schools throughout Chicagoland. Presented locally by Gallagher Benefit Services, the program recognized Chicago area teachers for outstanding leadership and instructional skills. Sixteen K-12 teachers were named a Symetra "Hero in the Classroom" during the 2013 Bears season. Each winning teacher was recognized with a surprise presentation at their school, where they received a $1,000 donation to their school, a $250 gift card for classroom books and supplies, and tickets to a 2013 Bears home game.
The NFL annually holds the "Take a Player to School" sweepstakes, where one winner in each NFL market is selected for the opportunity to bring a player from their local team to their school. This provides an opportunity for NFL players to talk about the importance of getting up and being physically active to an enthusiastic group of students. This message is part of the NFL's Play 60 campaign, which stresses the need for youth to engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day. For more information on the "Take a Player to School" sweepstakes, please visit www.NFLRUSH.com.