The United States Postal Service and educational publisher Scholastic have partnered to promote letter writing as an English language skill for students.
The initiative, for students in the third and fourth grades, is titled “Show Someone You Care.” Classroom materials are available with lessons for remote learning. The program supports teachers, parents and students who are learning from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Access to the materials is free.
Online resources include templates and activity sheets for eight daily topics: letters of gratitude, writing to an elder, letters across the distance, writing to a favorite author, letters of encouragement, writing to pen pals, letters of celebration and letters of reflection.
The lessons encourage self-expression and promote life skills such as properly addressing an envelope, buying and using stamps, and mailing cards and letters. Printable greeting cards provided by Hallmark are among the templates available online.
The partnership with Scholastic has allowed the U.S. Postal Service to support approximately 90,000 teachers and 3 million students annually.
“Right now, the social bonds reflected in letter writing are more important than ever,” said USPS Brand Marketing Executive Director Chris Karpenko. “We’re always excited to see new generations embrace handwritten letters as a way to share love, show thanks and build meaningful connections.”
For information, visit scholastic.com/letterwriting.