Pre-K class turns lesson into fundraiser to adopt a polar bear

Erica Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s Worcester Prep pre-kindergarten class invited the school’s Lower School students to pay $1 to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 as part of a fundraiser to “adopt” a polar bear.

The class came up with the idea to adopt a polar bear while studying bears and hibernation and reading the book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” They implemented their plan, raised enough money to “adopt” a bear and celebrated by “going on a bear hunt” and eating bear-shaped pancakes for breakfast.

Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 school, located in Berlin, Md. More than 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, visit or call (410) 641-3575.