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Mendon Pen Pals Meet

Clough fourth graders and their senior citizen pen pals met in the school's Media Center on May 25 after corresponding with each other for the past few months.





For the past three years, Karen McDonough's fourth grade class at Clough School has participated in a pen pal program with some senior citizens in Mendon. With the help of retired school secretary, Ruth O'Grady, and Senior Center Director Amy Wilson Kent, the fourth graders write to their pen pals once a month starting in September. Each senior and student uses a nickname when writing their letters.

On May 25 the seniors were invited to the Clough Media Center to finally meet their secret pen pals. What both parties find most fun is trying to guess who their pen pals actually are. The students line up on one side of the room while the seniors stand on the other and then they try to guess their pen pals. The students and seniors really enjoyed trying to figure out who they had been writing to all year. Most of them do guess correctly. In their final letters to each other the seniors describe themselves and the fourth graders do the same. After meeting each other, everyone exchanged small gifts and enjoyed a pizza party.

McDonough values this program because it encourages her students to write. She said when fourth graders are excited to write letters that is wonderful. She also encouraged the seniors to participate next year. From the smiles on their faces, it looks like most of them will. McDonough thanked Principal Vin Rozen for bringing the program to the school and suggesting that she facilitate it.




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