988 bears sponsored to 654 primary schools by 549 sponsors... Thank You in remembrance of Pte Arnold Astill For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Cumnock Public School - CUMNOCK Gay Lavery - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Charlie Little For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Mount Riverview Public School - MOUNT RIVERVIEW Thank You Military Shop For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Canberra Grammar School Southside - Red Hill Thank You Alkira Secondary College For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Tulliallan Primary School - CRANBOURNE NORTH Thank You Remembering H Dobson, H & L Robertson For Donating Grey Wilson - Greatcoat Bear to Sprent Primary School - SPRENT Thank You Lea Michael - Head of School, AIE For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Harrison School - HARRISON Thank You Angus & Aiden Davie For Donating Grey Wilson - Greatcoat Bear to Canberra Grammar School - RED HILL Thank You Carney family For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School - BOWRAL Thank You Railene Turner For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Albion Park Public School - ALBION PARK Thank You Associate Principal - Roleystone Community College For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Roleystone Community College - ROLEYSTONE
Darren Chester

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been involved with Bears to School since the campaign’s inception. The DVA previously granted Bears to School the right and privilege to use the protected term ‘Anzac’. There are clear regulations around the use of the word ‘Anzac‘ under the Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 and penalties apply for the incorrect use of the term. Permission from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs is required to use the word ‘Anzac‘.

Bears to School was therefore thrilled to have the Minister, Darren Chester MP, add his message of support. Mr Chester, who is also the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, commented that:

“I commend initiatives like the Bears to School program, which encourages students to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in what so many hoped would be the ‘war to end all wars.”

“As we approach the Centenary of Armistice we must think about ways to engage future generations in the story of Australian men and women who served in the First World War. With the war now beyond living memory, we can no longer speak to those who witnessed the war first hand, but their stories remain with us … I thank you for your commitment to honouring our military history and to those who serve.”

View Minister Chester’s full message of support

Bears to School is also featured in the latest edition of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs newspaper VETAFFAIRS (Spring 2018).

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