17 RI Community Leaders Invite Children to ‘Go on a Bear Hunt’

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – 17 Rhode Island Community leaders, including the congressional delegation, and CEO of the RI Foundation, had a virtual reading of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” for families to enjoy during the pandemic.

Keeping up with their annual tradition of guest readers, Children’s Friend had the community leaders take turns reading pages from the classic children’s book, written by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury on Thursday.

“Our teachers love to find ways to keep learning exciting.  Guest readers are welcomed regularly to our classroom, but the circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our annual traditional this spring.” said President and CEO David Caprio.

“Teaching and learning activities continue for our kids in new and innovative ways through distance learning. Although our annual reading tradition may be different this year, it actually allows parents to join in the fun.  We are fortunate to have so many people who are invested in the success of our children. This year, we get to share their enthusiastic contributions to our annual reading event with the community too,” he continued.

The participants recorded their readings and electronically submitted them to children’s friend.

Community leaders and members of the delegation that participated are: Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, congressman James Langevin, Congressman David cicilline, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha, Rhode Island Representative Grace Diaz, Secretary of the RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services Womazetta Jones, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Pare, Chief of Police Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg, and United Way President and CEO Cortney Nicolato.

Books for the project were donated by Barrington Books, and will be repurposed in Children’s Friend Classrooms.

“With so much pain and suffering in our community due to COVID-19, I am especially thankful to so many leaders for stepping up to put a smile on our faces, even if its just for a few minutes. Knowing were all in this together helps us get through the toughest days,” said Caprio.

The Video of the reading can be viewed here:

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