Ambassabear is the Charlotte R. Riley Child Center’s traveling teddy. He serves as our ambassador bear on campus. The children have been asking a lot of questions about life on campus. They want to know who works where, who does what, how many offices are on campus, and where buildings are located.
Many children have parents who are Purdue University Calumet employees or students. So they do know something about what goes on here. The children know that Purdue University Calumet employees do many things that help us at Riley. They see police vehicles stop traffic so they can walk safely across a busy street, people deliver their lunch, fix a table, and take care of the outside spaces near the playground. Riley children have even been visited by staff and faculty members stopping by to share a talent with them or to read a story. Our children also see Purdue University Calumet students from various campus organizations and classes stopping by to interact with them. The children are very curious about what people at “Big Purdue” are doing. Those of you who do not have jobs that bring you to the center are something of a mystery to the children at “Little Purdue.”
Center staff thought beginning an Ambassador Bear project on campus would be a wonderful way to connect with campus faculty and staff, especially those of you we do not get to see very often. With your help, this project will help our children learn more about our campus environment. This project offers the chance for children to learn about the important work all of you do, to learn about our unique and diverse campus culture, and even to map out the location of the “Big Purdue” buildings. We are also utilizing social media and current technology such as QR code, designed just for our bear. Please join us in this effort to “bond” in a playful way with all of you and in enhancing the children’s curriculum here at the Riley Child Center.
Now that our ambassador has come to visit you, we hope you’ll contact us to arrange a visit to see the children soon! Check us out on Facebook and Pinterest.
Purdue University Calumet’s Charlotte R. Riley Child Center
Children and Staff