When my older kids were in the equiv to elementary school in NZ they had a buddy class in Canada, which sent over a lovely cuddly soft toy "Bandit". It went home each night to a different class member, who had to write a page on Bandit's adventures to send back. A great idea. Your photos have brought back some lovely memories for them. They want you to send the real thing over now!
Tell the kids I wish I could send this little bandit over to them! This morning my bird feeder is empty and the new suet cage that I put up Sunday was found opened and the cake of suet was gone! Feeding the birds/raccoon has become very expensive!!!!