Daily Five: Grief Counselors Will Be Available At Stonington Schools

Five Things To Know For Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012


1. Counselors will be at today, following the unexpected death of a 15-year-old Stonington High student. Superintendent Leanne Masterjoseph released the following statement Tuesday evening:

"Stonington's Public Schools are grieving the unexpected loss of a member of our student body. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We are poised to extend our support to students and staff through the days and weeks ahead. Families are reminded that supports are available to all through the schools. Counseling will be in place in the morning."

At Patch we also extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and really the entire community. A loss so young is especially tragic, and I think we are all in a state of shock.  

2. at the Stonington Board of Finance meeting. The meeting takes place in the meeting room at 7 p.m. General government and Capital Improvement Project budgets will be presented.

3. The in Mystic offers with certified instructor Renee Santoro on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Classes are 45 minutes long and the first class is free. Call 860-245-0037 to reserve a spot in class.

4. Inventor Morris Michtom put the first Teddy bears on sale on Feb. 15, 1903. Mitchtom named the bears after Theodore Roosevelt’s nickname Teddy.

5. Today's thought: "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up"—Mark Twain.

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Ellyn Moran Santiago February 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
"Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Charles Moose February 16, 2012 at 05:18 PM
WHERE did you get the information that Feb.15th 1903 was the day Michtom put a teddy bear in his window? There is doubt that the Michtoms made a bear earlier than 1906 when the fad started. His son said it was after his father saw Berryman's cartoon, but it was likely after it was redrawn and widely circulated later. An article in the April issue of Teddy Bear Review documents that the term "teddy bear" was first used in 1906.
Bree Shirvell February 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Hi Charles, The information came from the History.com: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-teddy-bear-goes-on-sale and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_bear.


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