Each year, Dr. Ann Zedlitz, known as “Dr. Z” with the Z Aesthetic Dermatology office, provides giant teddy bears to local students with the highest grade-point averages in math.

Zedlitz said she feels that a solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed.

“I want to encourage students at an early age that math is great,” Zedlitz said in a news release. “Math can build greater confidence and self esteem in each student.”

Mary Foret and Stephanie Decoteau, with the Z Aesthetic Dermatology office, recently delivered teddy bears and $100 to high-achieving students in Ascension Parish.

Receiving the stuffed animals were Isabella Ali and Jacob Midciff, from Oak Grove Primary; and Taylor Heeb and Blake Mayer, from Prairieville Primary.