In This Together: Teddy Bears Teach Kids Spanish, MIT Student Makes History

Bilingual Teddy Bears

 
Dr. Tameka Maiden of Houston, TX is a pharmacist and single mother. Together, these experiences helped her develop and create Cubby Love Bears, a line of teddy bears that help teach young children Spanish.
 
“A lot of times, I get a lot of patients who are bilingual or who only speak Spanish and I have a difficult time communicating with them,” Maiden explained. “So I decided to create this bear line for kids. So that way they could have the foundation early on.”
 
The interactive bears teach children numbers, letters, colors, and other skills with a simple click of their paw. The repetitive nature of the bears saying words in both English and Spanish builds up a bilingual foundation while improving kids’ cognitive skills.
 
Maiden has been encouraged by the bear’s popularity during such difficult times.
 
“A lot of parents have bought them to help kids during the pandemic crisis that we’re going through because kids aren’t able to attend school at this point,” she said. “What better tool to have than a bear that the kids can carry around.”
 

MIT Student Makes History

 
Danielle Geathers is making as the first Black woman to be elected student body president at MIT. The rising junior hails from Miami and is a mechanical engineering major.
 
Geathers says she is honored to be serving alongside her running mate Yu Jing Chen, and to be president over the most diverse student body administration in MIT’s history.
 
“I’m excited about the opportunity to amplify underrepresented student voices and make the [Undergraduate Association] more visible as both a support resource and efficient communication channel,” she said. 

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