Underwood Elementary students in several grade levels are continuing their connection to pen pals at St. Jago Primary in Harmons, Jamaica, this summer.
Sixth-grade teacher, Karen Bannister, recently returned from Jamaica with another set of letters from first-, second- and fifth-graders to be delivered to Underwood students. In addition to the letter exchanges between students and teachers, the Underwood students sent a class of set of calculators, playing cards and supplies for science lessons to the Jamaican students along with some favorite lesson plans from the teachers.
First-grade teacher Tia Kirn shared, “This experience has enhanced my students’ writing and geography skills, along with building relationships with new friends. To make it even better, first-graders are looking forward to having their first piece of mail mailed to their homes this summer from their pen pals! I am sure some kiddos will be waiting at their mailbox when school lets out!”
The pen pal program is coordinated through Won By One To Jamaica.