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OCC'S PSI BETA HONOR SOCIETY DONATES 400 BEARS TO UCI MEDICAL CENTER CHILDREN'S CLINIC
Monday, December 09, 2002

Orange Coast College's Psi Beta Honor Society and the campus Psychology Club donated 400 teddy bears this holiday season to the Children's Clinic at UCI Medical Center.

It marks the sixth holiday season that OCC's honor society and club have donated teddy bears to children in need. OCC's staff and students have donated more than a thousand bears to children in recent years.

Psi Beta is a national community college honor society for psychology majors. Advisors for OCC's chapter are psychology professors, Carol Grams and Christina Bednarski. Twenty-five students comprise the Orange Coast chapter.

"The national Psi Beta has encouraged all of its chapters to collect teddy bears during the holidays to give to children who are sick or in need," Bednarski says. "Our students really got behind this year's program and outdid themselves. We started collecting bears in early November.

"We elected to give the bears again this year to the UCI Children's Clinic. These bears help to quiet anxiety and turn frowns into smiles."