TAB to host fourth annual Valentine teddy bear workshop Thursday

The Tech Activities Board is starting the new semester with a Build-a-Bear event next week, and anyone can donate canned food items to the TTU Food Pantry for a chance to skip the wait in line.

According to TAB’s Facebook page, the Build-a-Bear event will be in the lobby of the Roaden University Center Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“This will be our fourth year doing a Build-a-Bear event,” said Andrea Brys, the vice president of TAB promotions.

To beat the wait in line, students are encouraged to bring two canned food items. Doing so will put them in the Express Lane, which means they won’t have to wait to build the stuffed animal. The post said the suggested canned food items are soup, mixed vegetables, carrots or meats, and that they will be donated to the TTU Food Pantry.

Brys said the Express Lane wasn’t always a part of the Build-a-Bear event but was incorporated last year.

“We consult the Food Pantry about what they're short on and use the opportunity to help them out,” Brys said.

The food donated to the TTU Food Pantry goes to help fellow Tech students.

The TTU Counseling Center will also provide activities for the event.

“I don’t know what they have planned for this year, but in the past they've had candy and information about the counseling center,” Brys said. “They also usually have a station set up where you can make Valentine’s Day cards.”

Brys also said there will be more than just bears to build.