Can I just tell you now how excited I am about this? When I was growing up I always thought it would be fun to have a pen pal but I never knew how to go about getting one. I mean, it's not like today where I can just hop on the computer and Google "pen pals". My kids are even getting excited about it despite the fact that it started out as (and continues to be) a way for them to practice their penmanship.
On a side note, did you know that a lot of schools aren't even teaching cursive anymore? How are our kids going to learn to do something as basic and fundamental as signing their names? I had to sit down with Howdy and show him how to write his name in cursive so he could actually have a signature. He's 13! But don't get me started on this soap box.
I'm really hoping this goes well because MC and I are already making improvements for next year. Things like making announcements at our church, creating printable fliers for you to download and print out, setting up a Facebook page (done) so that those who don't know me personally can find out more about me and the project and (hopefully) read testimonials from others and see that I'm not some weird stalker lady who is going to hunt down their children once I get their names and addresses. You know, things like that.
70 kids are signed up--34 boys and 36 girls
How cool is that? This started out with just my 3 minions! And obviously it's not just a girl thing as it's split pretty evenly.
Ages range from 5-17 with the average age being 10
All ages are involved, from the littlest writers on up through high school.
8 states are represented
Even with half the kids coming from WA, we have a good sampling of different states, and with NY included I can say that we stretch from coast to coast!