High school students gaining writing skills with a pen pal project may find that they also gain friends for life as well.
In Manchester New Hampshire, teacher Jeff Record has paired with his longtime Seattle friend Melissa Bedard to create a pen pal project linking students in their classrooms. Their own experiences caused them to believe in the longevity and power of pen pal experiences.
When Bedard was a ninth grader, she was assigned a pen pal in England.
“Her name was Chris Jolley,” Bedard said, “and we’ve been writing ever since. My senior year, I went to France, and her parents brought her to Paris so I could meet her. That was 36 years ago. She’s Chris Kay now, a nurse, and married with two grown children. She lives in the south of London. We both turned 50 this year. We still write frequently, epic letters. I have a shoebox full.”