When I grow up, I want to be Razz Ted! He lives the life of Riley, visiting many of the North East’s finest attractions not to mention all the lovely cuddles he receives. Each Saturday, Razz Ted travels home with one of our Minis students and they spend the week together. His social calendar is enviable with trips to Adventure Valley, Beamish Museum and countless parties to name a few.
Teddy bears were first introduced in Germany by Margarete Steiff in 1903 and in the USA at around the same time. You can read more about their history here. The bear is still considered a symbol of strength, courage, and endurance and unarguably, teddy bears ease children’s stress and inspire security in a variety of situations. Psychologists explain our connection with the teddy bear as “transitional;” children rely on teddies as secretive confidants who help them move away from total dependence on their parents as they grow up and learn to be self-sufficient.
At Razzamataz Durham, we aim to nurture our students to develop into well rounded, confident individuals and use Razz Ted as a way of instilling this vision. He is adored by our Minis and the position of taking him home has become a much anticipated and an honourable one. It’s always a joy to spend time with our students as they recall the week they’ve spent with Razz Ted. Who’s turn will it be next week?