GET IN CHARACTER
When Behavior Bear says something, children tend to listen. The bear is one of nine characters created by Joni Downey of Johnsburg to teach children values. He began as a puppet more than six years ago in a classroom Downey once taught.
He and his fellow characters make up Characters of Character, a nonprofit organization based in McHenry, and are called upon throughout the country to help teach elementary school-age children.
It’s an organization that is truly family run with Joni’s husband, Joe, and their children, 30-year-old Joey, 27-year-old Josh and 24-year-old Jen, all doing their part.
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