Letters to Boomer

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February 2018 Letters to Boomer Tucson

Dear Boomer,

WOW! The Young Reporter Night was awesome—thank you so much! My favorite part was hiking (after sundown). I am so glad that my family and I could be there. Thank you again!

your reporter, C.M.

What a great adventure, C.M.!

For Young Reporters and those who want to start writing for Bear Essential News, call us at (520) 792-9930 to save your spot at our YR Science Night!

You’ll love this if you enjoy science and nature (and barbecue, too). This is a Signature Event for the 2018 Arizona SciTech Festival and happens on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, starting at 3:30 p.m. Bear is teaming up with Saguaro National Park West for an unforgettable night to learn about what’s around us. This year, we’re adding astronomy and will go for a nature hike to learn about what creeps and crawls in the Sonoran Desert.

YR Science Night is free! It starts in Saguaro National Park West’s Visitor Center to watch a short movie on the environment. Then we head out to enjoy barbecued burgers and hot dogs before looking through telescopes and taking a nature hike. You must call ahead of time to reserve your spot. And if you want something sooner, come to our Young Reporter Night at the Bookmans on Speedway and Wilmot on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 till 6 p.m. It’s free, and if you have a story to have edited, bring it in around 4:30.

See ya there, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer Bear,

Happy Valentine’s Day! You’re a good friend to me, and I like you very, very much. I really enjoy writing…stories for Bear Essential News. I have fun reading your newspaper

every month. It’s full of excitement and fun. I also enjoy doing the (front cover) Seek ’N Find!

from B.E.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you, B.E.!

That’s such a great card you created for me. I like it so much that I put it up in my office! Enjoy all those candied hearts and the little messages written on ’em!

Thanks so much, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

After (reading your feature on drones) and deep consideration, I think drones are helpful in many ways.

Police officers use helicopters to catch criminals. They waste a lot of money to ensure that they find (the criminals). A cheaper alternative is to use drones. They are small, unexpected and affordable. Thieves won’t know what hit ’em until they’re behind bars!

yours truly, B.W.

Dear B.W.,

What a great use for drone technology! It would help keep officers safe while giving them the element of surprise. That drone feature was so fun to research and write. Thanks for sending in your entry and cool ideas!

Your buddy, Boomer Bear

January 2018 Letters to Boomer Tucson

Happy New Year, Boomer Bear!

My New Year’s resolution is to get better grades and to learn more about reporting.

yours truly, S.C.


Happy New Year to you too, S.C.!

A lot of kids need to work on doing better at school. The question is, how do you plan on making better grades? Are you going to be more attentive during class? Study harder and with less distractions at home? Get help from your teacher or ask for a tutor for tough subjects?

For reporting, my Young Reporter Night is the third Thursday of each month, so it’s Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Bookmans on Speedway and Wilmot from 5 till 6 p.m. It’s free, and if you have a story to edit, bring it in a little earlier!

See ya there, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

For the rest of the school year, I’m going to be prepared and willing to learn.

yours truly, A.L.


Boomer Bear,

To make the rest of the school year a success, I’m going to study hard!

your friend, O.M.


Welcome to 2018, A.L. & O.M.!

What great attitudes to have as you head back to school. I had a fabulous winter breakmy aunt and uncle and a couple of my cousins came down from up north, I got some great new books and organized the stuff I needed for school. I can’t wait to see my friends again, and I feel like I can accomplish anything.

Best of luck, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

I’d like my class to take a trip to the Humane Society so kids can think about adopting animals.

from A.W.


Dear A.W.,

That sounds like a great plan for a field trip! The Humane Society does such important work when it comes to finding awesome, sometimes abandoned pets their forever homes. Fortunately, if you adopt a puppy or kitten, dog or cat from there, it has to be spayed or neutered first. That really helps in keeping down the numbers of unwanted or abandoned pets here.

Have a great New Year, Boomer Bear


Boomer Bear,

My New Year’s resolution is to be a better writer.

Happy New Year, A.L.


Dear Boomer,

My New Year’s resolution as a Young Reporter is to write news stories!

yours truly, C.M.

Dear A.L. & C.M.,

Writing is like sportsthe more you work at it, the better it gets. Have fun and take chances with your words! Hope you stop by for Young Reporter Night at Bookmans at Speedway and Wilmot on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.

See ya there! Boomer Bear

December 2017 Letters to Boomer Tucson

My favorite community service is going to and supporting the Honor Flight and our veterans.

your friend, M.K.

Wow, M.K.!

What a great way for Tucsonans to show their appreciation and respect for veterans. Honor Flight Southern Arizona brings WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their national memorials. At every stop, people gather to cheer for these veterans, shake their hands and thank them for their service. What a great way to give.

Your buddy, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer Bear,

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! You’re a wonderful friend. I hope Santa brings you lots of good presents and fills your Christmas stocking with lots of treats. I really enjoy being a (Young) Reporter for you. And I hope this Christmas comes with making many special memories. You’re very, very special to me each and every day of the year. I got a letter from the general manager of the Grand Canyon Railway this year since I sent him a copy of the story I covered back in October.

Have a fun and very merry one, B.E.

Loved the card, B.E.!

How did your Thanksgiving go? Hate to admit it, but I ate enough for two bears! All the turkey and the fixings were just too scrumptious. And, the leftover green beans and stuffing and turkey might be my favorite part of the meal (besides the great company).

A few of my aunts and uncles and my cousin are coming from up north for a holiday visit. I am SO EXCITED!

Happy Holidays, Boomer Bear


Boomer Bear,

I recycle milk cartons and cereal boxes.



Hi Boomer,

At my house, I recycle paper and plastic.

yours truly, N.B.


Dear Boomer,

We recycle cans at our house.

—S.S. & S.S.

Nice work, A.I., N.B., S.S. & S.S!

Tucson and other cities are working to make recycling easy for you and your families. Check out this month’s main feature, “It’s Time to Recycle!” to learn all the things you should be putting in your blue bin and definite no-nos that need to be kept out so you don’t contaminate your recyclables. For example, if the bottom of your pizza box is oily, tear off and recycle the top of it!

Know how to recycle, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

My favorite food for the holidays is tamales!

Your friend, S.C.

Dear S.C.,

Just gotta say that you have excellent taste!

Season’s eatings, Boomer


November 2017 Letters to Boomer Tucson

Boomer Bear,

Have you ever celebrated Thanksgiving?

from R.B.

Dear R.B.,

Did you know my parents and I originally came from the northern reaches of Canada and arrived here in Arizona when I was just a cub?

Luckily for me and my family, we’ve already celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving on Oct. 9. We started out with some creamy hodge podge soup, had poutine (fries with gravy and chunks of cheese), a smoked turkey and blueberry grunt (a cobbler you cook in a cast-iron frying pan)! Can’t wait for our second Thanksgiving this month. Be sure to check out my “Kids Who Give” feature in the middle of the newspaper to find out how you can help others. The Salvation Army and Gospel Rescue Mission need frozen turkeys and fixings to put on their free Thanksgiving celebrations for those who need it!

You can do a lot, Boomer Bear


Hi Boomer!

My favorite community service project is raising money for different centers (that help people).

yours truly, D.L.

How generous of you, D.L.!

Sometimes it’s easier for kids and teens to collect items, like warm jackets for a coat drive, or shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries for hurricane survivors like those in Puerto Rico.

But for a lot of aid organizations, money is more helpful. Food banks can take your money, and with special buying power can get four times the food that your money would ordinarily buy!

You rock! Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

Helping kids with their homework is my favorite thing to do for the community.

Your friend, N.B.


Nice work, N.B.!

Lifting up other students, helping them to understand and learn to do their schoolwork, is a great way to make your community strong!

What are some of your favorite school subjects? I bet reading and writing are high on your list.

Keep up the good work, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

I’m most thankful for making lots of friends and learning that my aunt is pregnant this year.

— D.L.

Dear D.L.,

What great news for you and your family! I wonder if your aunt’s going to give birth this year or in 2018? And, are you going to have a new niece or nephew?

Your buddy, Boomer


Dear Boomer,

My class loves your front cover Seek-n’-Finds, and they love the articles, too!! You are the best writer!

Your friend, B.E.

Dear B.E.,

Thanks for the encouragement!

Keep reading, Boomer Bear

October 2017 Letters to Boomer Tucson

Have a Happy Halloween, Boomer!

I really like you very, very much. Having a friend like you and writing for you is a real TREAT!

from B.E.

Dear B.E.,

Thanks for the groovy Halloween wishes and for the even groovier

3-D card…plus the pun
I did pick up on your play on words!

Wishing you and all kids and families a spooktacular and safe Halloween.

BOO-mer Bear


Hello, Boomer!

I’m L.G., and I want to sign up to be a Young Reporter for Bear Essential News. But there’s one problem—I’m not a good writer. My teacher gave me one of your newspapers, and I saw that I could sign up. In class, I have to practice speaking and writing. Should I give it a try?

yours truly, L.G.

Of course you should, L.G.!

No one is born a great writerit’s the sort of thing that takes practice. What’s neat is that Bear Essential News gives you the opportunity to write regularly (I want our reporters to send in at least one story every other month) and to have your stories edited before they’re printed in the newspaper.

Lucky you! We’re about to have our fabulous Young Reporters Night! It’s free and happens on the third Thursday of each month, which means it’s Oct. 19 this month.

It’s at the Bookmans on Speedway near Wilmot between 5 and 6 p.m. You and your parent can fill out the sign-up form and you’ll get an official Young Reporters kit so you can get started. Reporters with stories can arrive at 4:30 to have their articles edited. There’s a presentation on reporting, and snacks and prizes, too!

Report for me, Boomer Bear


Boomer Bear,

How long have you been a bear?


Dear Boomer,

What’s your favorite animal?

Your friend, C.M.

Dear Boomer,

As a Young Reporter, I would most like to interview a veterinarian because I want to be a vet!

Yours truly, A.C.

Dear E.L., C.M. & A.C.,

I’ve been a polar bear all my lifeso it has been 10 years now (my birthday happened in


My favorite animal is the black rhino because they’re big, strong and cool like me. I hope we can work together to bring up the numbers of these majestic beasts to a healthy population.

And A.C., I know a couple of veterinarians who would love to answer all of your questions. One is a reptile and amphibian doctor who has some interesting stories!

Your buddy, Boomer Bear

September 2017 Letters to Boomer Tucson

Boomer Bear,

When is your birthday?

yours truly, K.P.

Dear K.P.,

Funny you should ask that because my birthday’s in September, and it’s also the anniversary of Bear Essenitial News! While this is the start of the newspaper’s 39th year, I’m turning 10 this month.

I’m the Birthday Bear! Boomer


Happy Birthday, Boomer Bear!

I hope you have a happy 10th birthday—you’re a very good friend to me! I really enjoy working for you and writing stories for your newspaper a lot. It’s a lot of fun writing for Bear Essential News and having a special and good friend like you.

from B.E.

Thank you, B.E.,

I love the birthday card you sent, and I also enjoy getting stories every now and then from you!

You’ll really dig this SeptemBear edition. Not only does it have your birthday greeting, but the main feature focuses on journalism.

Much appreciated, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

I’m happy about school (being back in session) because I love going to school, and my friends are there.

Your friend, R.B.


I’m excited to be in school where I get to see my friends again.


Dear Boomer,

I’m happy to be back because I love school and my teacher!

Yay, C.M.

Dear R.B., R.W. & C.M.,

This is my favorite time of the school year! My classmates and I are getting into a good routine at our school, and the nervousness and anxiety of this new year have eased up.

It’s great to be back learning new things and writing more. I love playing sports at recess, and my teacher rocks!

But the best part is getting to be with my old buddies again and making new ones.

Have a great year, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

What is one of your favorite articles?

your reporter, H.W.

Dear H.W.,

Your question sure got me thinking! Our Young Reporters and I have covered so many super cool stories. Some of our reporters have met movie stars, directors, singers…even presidents and first ladies! I’ve ridden in the police helicopter chasing criminals and got to go into Kartchner Caverns before it opened!

There are just too many, Boomer


Boomer Bear,

I am happy because I am now in middle school.

your friend, Z.G.

How exciting, Z.G.!

You’re not a little kid anymore. What are you liking most about middle schoolhaving different teachers throughout the day? Getting to choose some of your classes? Having more challenging stuff to learn?

Make it a great school year! Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

Do you prefer math or reading?

from C.C.

Dear C.C.,

My love of reading started when I was a little cub! To be honest, math doesn’t come easy to me, so I have to work extra hard at it.

All your effort really adds up, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

I’d like to go to the movie theater for a field trip this year.


Boomer Bear,

For a field trip, I’d like to go to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I want to interview someone there.

Yours truly, R.W.

Dear C.A. & R.W.,

It’s time to plan those field trips! Fortunately, Bear’s Field Trip and Teachers Resource Guides run on pages 20–28 and are online. Also check out the feature on reportingthe Workshop is this month!

Sign up today! Boomer Bear

August 2017 Letters to Boomer Tucson

Dear Boomer,

Going back to school, I like the recorders from my music class, and I like learning about the scientific method.

yours truly, K.S.

Hey Boomer,

The best part about the new school year? I like my teacher the best.

your friend, K.W.

Dear Boomer,

What I like best about the new school year so far is making new friends!

sincerely S.P.

Dear K.S., K.W. & S.P.,

Hope your school year is off to a rockin’ good start! (Of course, a big part of that is being prepared when you went back.) Recorders are definitely not for memy paws and claws are too big for the little instrument, but I love science! My new teacher is Mrs. Oso, who is amazing. I hope all of you are making a new friend or two at school.

Wishing you a fantastic year! Boomer Bear


Boomer Bear,

Do you play video games, eat pizza and read books?

from E.A.

Dear E.A.,

Yes, yes and yes, but I can’t do all three at the same time! The pizza part I can do with either of the others.

What do you like on your pizza?

Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

My family and I just went to San Diego and Los Angeles. We went to Disneyland, Universal Studios and to the beach. It was a long trip to get back to Tucson. When we got back, we all fell asleep and are staying at home. Have a great day, Boomer!

your friend, A.S.

Thanks for the update, A.S.!

What a fun-filled trip to Southern California. I enjoy all of those places, but love the beach the most. Earlier this summer, there were a lot of sightings of young great white sharks swimming near shore, so a lot of beachgoers couldn’t go in for a swim. Did you get to enjoy the water?

Your buddy, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

You are awesome.

your reporter, A.F.

Dear A.F.

You’re equally, if not more, AWESOME!

Hope to see you soon, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer Bear,

What’s your favorite thing about going back to school?

yours truly, M.D.

Dear M.D.,

I miss a lot of my friends I didn’t get to see this summer, and I like making a few new friends, too.

Welcome back, Boomer Bear


Dear Boomer,

This year I hope to get better at writing through Bear Essential News.

Young Reporter T.L.

Sounds great, T.L.!

See page 23 to attend my Young Reporters Workshopstart writing for Bear and be on TV, too!

Reserve your spot! Boomer Bear


February 2018