December 11, 2003: Two Newark public school students from the
Extended Day School Programs were honored by the
Newark Bears this evening
for their contributions to this year's Bears holiday card design.
Nafiya Major drew the artwork, and
Stacey Abasto came up with the greeting.
Introduced by Deborah Jennings of the Extended Day School
Programs, and Mark Gallego and Melissa Manfre of the
Bears, Nafiya and Stacey were presented with wonderful awards,
including suites for their use with family and friends at a Bears game
in 2004! Manfre said that over 400 entries were received from
the students, and that the Bears were so pleased that they are making
the contest an annual event. The Bears sent the card to their
sponsors and season ticket holders, among others.
Elnardo Webster, director of the program, provided the closing
remarks, and presented Nafiya and Stacey with framed, enlarged copies
of their work.
what would a Bears media event be without Rip'N Ruppert! The
Bears' mascot made an appearance, posing for pictures with the young
artists, and also spent some time with other kids who were doing
Congratulations to Nafiya and Stacey!
looks forward to
seeing you and your entourages at Riverfront Stadium next summer!