U.S. Postal Service Introduces Pen Pal Project For Students In Grades 3-5

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A new initiative from the United States Postal Service (USPS) hopes to introduce letter writing to young children.

The U.S. Postal Service is working with WeAreTeachers to introduce the USPS Pen Pal Project. The free educational program will be offered to students in grades three to five in the 2021-2022 school year.

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Steve Doherty is the strategic communications specialist for the Northeast region of the USPS. He said this program is a means for reviving the dying art.

“It’s a way for teachers to encourage the art of letter writing, which has kind of fallen by the wayside.”

The project will allow 25,000 classrooms across the country to partner up with another classroom to write letters. The goal is to write one million letters and help students improve their writing, communication, and collaboration skills.

“It’s to kind of foster a love for letter writing,” Doherty said. “The other hope is some of these kids could establish friendships with these other classmates across the country that could last a lifetime.”

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Each participating classroom will receive at project kit complete with a teaching poster, cards and envelopes as well as instructions. Teachers in public, private and charter schools are invited to apply.

More information, including official rules and instructions for teachers to sign their classes up for the project, is available at WeAreTeachers' website.

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