This past September, at the turn of the school year, our 5th-grade class started a Pen Pal Letter exchange with Country Meadows Retirement Community. Since then, they have been writing and receiving letters from residents and staff on a monthly basis!
Through this program, our students have been exposed to different styles of handwriting, helping them to practice and improve on what they have learned over the past few years of reading and writing in cursive. This partnership has stretched our students to consider and identify topics about which to write and to ask and answer questions.
The letters written back and forth between the students and senior citizens have provided a window into the lives of our community members from other generations. Our students have learned about the residents’ childhoods, celebrated birthdays and holidays with them, and mourned losses with them as well. This week, they will have the opportunity to visit the residents at Country Meadows for the second time! Several students are excited to continue their communications with their pen pals after 5th grade is done.