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Gilbertsville Elementary School - Sitting


  • Maribeth Huber
    Gilbertsville Elementary School students
    Art Instructor: Erica Harner
    Principal:  Ron Christman
    36Congo Road
    Gilbertsville, PA 19525


  • Gilbertsville Elementary School PTO
    HSA President Cherie Farkosh


Principal Ron Christman assists Paul Stahl load Gilbert onto the Dada Truck on his wear for clearcoating.

Principal Ron Christman points to examples of the students' names which were written on Gilbert as part of the artistry. Mr. Christman proudly notes that the name of every single student and staff member of GES appears on the bear and that every single student and staff member helped in the decoration of the bear—beginning with the sixth grade class of

Gilbert sits proudly in one of his favorite spots among the trees at
Gilbertsville Elementary School .

Gilbert watches over the students as they pass by his post.

Principal Ron Christman stands proudly beside one of his new best friends at GES “Gil-bear-t.”

What a happy-looking team taking good care of students at GES.

The courtyard at Gilbertsville Elementary School is a great site for their beautiful bear.

“Smile for the camera!”
Principal Ron Christman and Gilbert strike a happy pose.

"The GES Students have been involved in the selection of whether they would like a sitting or standing bear - and at the same time gave suggestions for names for the bear. Because we are in the process of creating outdoor classrooms, for the use by the children, we decided the bear would make an appropriate entrance to the school as part of our "Reading" Classroom which will be located in the front of the school in the " circle.” Our bear will greet visitors to GES. Because he is part of the reading classroom the students decided on a sitting bear. Our bear came out of hibernation on March 7th, at which time the kids were able to see him/her and decide on a name. The vote came in and Gilbert is his name. Maribeth Huber has taken on the task of coordinating the decorating of the bear... we'll see what spring brings and keep you posted on the progress of "Gilbert"... Cherie Farkosh, PTO President

“Gilbert” is proud to display the work of more than 800 students and 85 staff members in his design. The handprints of 2005’s sixth grade students were “collected” before their move to junior high. During the 2005-2006 school year, every single student and staff member of GES contributed his or her fingerprint or handprint to create the springtime scene which adorns Gilbert’s body.

You’ll find an assortment of colorful spring flowers and tiny creatures—bees, ants, a praying mantis, a frog, for example—featured on Gilbert’s body. And, if you look closely, you will also see the first names of every student and staff member written along the stems of the flowers.

Principal Ron Christman offers Gilbert as one of the school’s testimonies to its commitment toward honoring diversity. “Everyone is special and valued at GES; our mission is found in the acronym of our name: ‘Grow, Excel, and Shine.’ That’s what we want for every single student at GES—Gilbertsville Elementary School. And Gilbert is a perfect symbol of this mission.”

Mr. Christman is also pleased that two parents stepped up to coordinate the task. Maribeth Huber and Joanne Santoliquito had the vision for Gilbert and nurtured the project to its beautiful conclusion.