• Bears School Outreach
  • Tales to Tackle
  • Symetra Heroes in the Classroom
    • Bears School Outreach
      On Tuesdays during the football season and through a partnership with Youth Guidance, Chicago Bears players visit Chicago Public Schools to speak with students who are part of the Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) and Working on Womanhood (W.O.W.) programs. The B.A.M. program focuses on six core values, including Integrity, Accountability, Self-Determination, Positive Anger Expression, Visionary Goal Setting, and Respect for Womanhood. W.O.W. focuses on five core values, including Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Healthy Relationships, Visionary Goal Setting, and Leadership. The Bears School Outreach Program concluded its 18th season in 2015 and is brought to you by the University of Phoenix, the Official Education Partner of the Chicago Bears.
    • Tales to Tackle

      The Chicago Bears offer our "Tales to Tackle" reading incentive program to schools across Illinois. The main component of "Tales to Tackle," which is geared towards students in grades K-8, is a reading notebook that features pictures of Bears players, includes a variety of fun activities, and has plenty of space for students to write book reports. This notebook allows the students to keep track of the books that they read during the program.

      "Tales to Tackle" took place in classrooms across Illinois this fall. Please contact the Community Relations Department at (847) 739-5494 if you are a teacher interested in offering the program to your students during the 2016-2017 school year.

    • Symetra Heroes in the Classroom

      Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond? Do you want to recognize him or her for their hard work and dedication? Nominate them to be a Symetra "Hero in the Classroom!" During the 2016 Bears season, 16 exceptional K-12 teachers will be honored. As part of the award, the Heroes will win two tickets to a Bears home game, be recognized at Soldier Field and receive a $1,000 donation for their classroom. Hero selection is based on a teacher's ability to balance the core curriculum with students' individual needs; build trust among students, parents and the community; and invest in their students' long-term success. Nominate your favorite teacher today at Symetra "Heroes in the Classroom" is presented locally by Arthur J. Gallagher.

      Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Symetra "Hero in the Classroom" honorees:

      • Eric DeWitt - John W. Garvey Elementary
      • Samantha Villa - John C. Dore Elementary
      • Alfredo Lopez - Ogden International School
      • Julie Urban - St. Paul Lutheran School
      • Allyson Gauthier - Our Lady of Grace School
      • Lorely Rodriguez - Avon Center School
      • Marianne Sharping - Decatur Classical School
      • Rob Bever - Mundelein High School
      • Maggie Bodanyi - Graham Elementary
      • Cheryl Duffy - Meadow View Elementary
      • Sara Jirasek - North Barrington Elementary
      • Edward Williams - Willa Cather Elementary
      • Stacy Delgado - Columbia Explorers Academy
      • Dulcinea Garcia - Leo High School
      • Bernie Gerstmayr - Maine West High School
      • Dennis Kass - Infinity Math and Science Academy