The Civics Lesson
IMA Hero's mission is to educate, in this
case to make us search for political heroes.
'Making an electoral
plush piece is one way to reach an audience
and share the importance of voting,' said
[Kathy] Malowney, founder of IMA Hero.
'One vote does make a difference. Therefore,
if one plush animal can get one person to
vote, the plush animal has made a difference,'
The IMA Hero
collection is a series of teddy bears designed
to introduce people to historical figures.
Each bear tells the life story of a person
actively involved in national politics.
'During Ben Franklin's
life, the United States did not have formal
political parties. However, Ben supported
the U.S. Constitution which made him a Federalist,'
said Malowney. 'Abe Lincoln and Ulysses S.
Grant were Republican. In fact, Abe and Ulysses
were the first and second Republican Presidents.'