Postmaster gives students the gift of knowledge

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Students at the Geraldine High School in Geraldine, MT, typically study subjects such as math, history, and English in a given day. On one special day earlier this month, they had the chance to learn more about a skill that will help them communicate with the world.

Lita Buck is the Postmaster of the Geraldine Post Office. She recently visited students at the high school to educate them about the mail, including the details of preparing and sending mail.

“I explained to them the importance of properly addressing an envelope and what happens to it if it does not have a return address on it and cannot be delivered to the addressee, and that proper postage is also important,” said Buck. “I also informed them that if they wanted a certain stamp on their announcements, that they should let me know ASAP so I could get them ordered, and reminded them that they will need stamps for thank you cards also.”

In addition to the valuable information she provided, Buck also brought handouts and other material for students to peruse.

The information-rich session was an eye-opening experience for the young minds in attendance and will give them the knowledge they need for a lifetime of mailing.

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High School Junior Learns Valuable Lesson

“My first surprise was that the Postal Service doesn’t use tax money for operations,” said Tell. “That’s definitely going in my report.” “Postmaster Wilson was very informative. He showed me the whole operation. Is this part of government necessary? Yes. Definitely,” Tell said.

“My first surprise was that the Postal Service doesn’t use tax money for operations,” said Tell. “That’s definitely going in my report.”
“Postmaster Wilson was very informative. He showed me the whole operation. Is this part of government necessary? Yes. Definitely,” Tell said.

When the U.S. government teacher gave the assignment to the class, Niwot, CO, High School Junior Elan Tell knew where he was going for his research: The U.S. Postal Service.

The assignment was to spend a day shadowing a government worker. The student was then to report back to the class whether the government function should be retained in a changing society and shrinking revenue.

Tell connected with Niwot OIC John Wilson who allowed the student to spend the day with him.

“My first surprise was that the Postal Service doesn’t use tax money for operations,” said Tell. “That’s definitely going in my report.”

“Postmaster Wilson was very informative. He showed me the whole operation. Is this part of government necessary? Yes. Definitely,” Tell said.

Post Office Tour Amazes Young Letter Writers

Anchor Point, AK, Retail Associate Melody Martin takes kids on a tour of the post office for National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Anchor Point, AK, Retail Associate Melody Martin takes kids on a tour of the post office for National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Students from Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point, AK, toured their local Post Office to learn about mailing letters and how mail moves through the facility for April’s National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Anchor Point Postmaster Rindye Phillips arranged the visitations.

“The tour began with the children purchasing stamps for letters they wrote to their friends or family,” Phillips explained. “They put their letters in the drop box and entered the office to see where the letters went. They were amazed at each stop on the tour.

“At the end of the tour, the teachers were given a bag with coloring pages and stickers for the kids,” she added. “We received ‘thank you’ posters from the children, which we put up on display in the mail room to remind our employees of the importance of teaching and how much fun a post office can be.”

USPS Makes Lasting Impression at Business Expo

Colorado Springs Customer Relations Coordinator Linda Neil, Retail Manager Doreen Husner, Fountain Postmaster Yvette Trujillo, and Colorado Springs Administrative Assistant Erica Moss.

Colorado Springs Customer Relations Coordinator Linda Neil, Retail Manager Doreen Husner, Fountain Postmaster Yvette Trujillo, and Colorado Springs Administrative Assistant Erica Moss.

Recently, the Postal Service made a lasting impression with business representatives attending the 2015 Springs Business Expo in Colorado Springs, CO. Sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Small Business Development Center, the event provides a venue for businesses to showcase products and services to visitors. It also creates an opportunity to generate leads and business partnerships for future sales and collaboration.

The Postal Service also had an inviting presence at the event. Representatives distributed information on Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) Retail and the Pikes Peak Region Postal Customer Council, provided demonstrations on how to use EDDM, and created awareness for other postal products and services.

Individuals who visited the USPS booth also received a bag filled with valuable information on postal products and services.

Special Delivery

Young mail enthusiasts drop letters in the outgoing mail slot at the Leadville, CO, Post Office.

Young mail enthusiasts drop letters in the outgoing mail slot at the Leadville, CO, Post Office.

At an early age, children are taught a variety of life skills such as reading, writing, tying  their shoes, and at one education center in Colorado, how to mail a letter.

Each year, preschool children at The Center, an early childhood education school in Leadville, create mailboxes in their classrooms and ask friends and family to mail them letters during the “Mail Month” of February. When letters are delivered to the school, one child is chosen to dress up as a carrier and deliver the special messages to the mailboxes. A different child is chosen for the task each day.

In addition to the experience of receiving letters, the young mail enthusiasts also visited the Leadville Post Office to mail their own letters to friends and family. During their field trip, the children also took a behind-the-scenes tour of postal operations at the facility.

Happy National Dog Day!

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For all that they do, this day is for them. Be sure to help keep your special canine and friendly letter carrier safe by remembering the following tips:

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
  • Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

Barbed Wire No Match for Eager Volunteers

Natalie Martinez and Paula Day pull staples from a barbed wire fence near Horse and Cattle Camp Road.

Natalie Martinez and Paula Day pull staples from a barbed wire fence near Horse and Cattle Camp Road.

Each year, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) volunteers pitch in to help clean up local public lands, plant trees, participate in educational activities, and more. NPLD events are supported by the National Environmental Education and Training foundation in a collaborative effort with various federal, state, local and private organizations as well as individual volunteers.

Events are held across the nation, and there is a wide array of public lands available for volunteering. Participating in this year’s event on September 28 was Ely, NV, Postmaster Natalie Martinez. She and more than 75 other volunteers converged on Horse and Cattle Camp Road near Ely, NV, and removed approximately three miles of dangerous barbed wire fencing.

The old fencing was in a state of disrepair, and had become a problem for local wildlife. The actions by volunteers in Ely will help prevent countless unsuspecting animals from becoming injured from the wiring.

“Thanks to all who participated we were able to remove about three miles of fence,” said Bureau of Land Management Ely District Outdoor Recreation Planner Erin Rajala.

Children also had the opportunity to join the event by taking advantage of wildlife-oriented educational activities.

Is Shipping Marijuana Legal?

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There are many states that have legalized the use of medicinal marijuana, with some moving toward legalized recreational use. As many individual states shift their perspective on the legality of marijuana, some individuals may wonder if shipping the product has also become legal.

Under federal law and USPS regulations, shipping marijuana still remains illegal, including marijuana labeled for medicinal purposes. While individual state policy may continue to fluctuate, sending marijuana through the mail remains entirely illegal.

What do you think about shipping marijuana in the mail?

Women’s Conference in Minneapolis Celebrates Contributions and Experiences

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More than three dozen attendees enjoyed an evening of enrichment as the Northland District Diversity Committee

celebrated March as Women’s History Month at the Minneapolis Post Office on Mar. 7.
The Women’s Conference recognized women’s contributions to history and contemporary society. Exhibitors provided information on a variety of health, financial and educational topics. Attendees also had the opportunity to hold mock one-on-ones with local postal leaders to polish their interviewing skills.
Speakers at the event included Northland District Senior Plant Manager Erica Brix, Local Business Agent for the American Postal Workers Union Peggy Whitney, and Retail Business Technology Operations Specialist Orysia Karkoc. All three began their postal careers as Letter Sorting Machine (LSM) clerks in Minneapolis, but their career plans took them in different directions. Each shared their work experiences during the conference and described the steps they took to build their successful careers.

Scholarships for Federal Employees

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Saving for a college educations is something many parents begin the day their children are born. Receiving a college diploma is not only becoming more of a necessity to compete in today’s job market, it’s also more of a monetary challenge than ever before. When savings are in short supply to fund that education, receiving a scholarship can make a big difference in choosing where and what length of time someone can go to college.

To help promote higher learning for federal employees and their families, the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) is offering education scholarships that can help alleviate part of the financial burden of paying for an education.

Originally formed by federal civilian employees in 1986, the organization specializes in helping federal employees, their spouses, and dependants receive monetary assistance in their pursuit of a college degree. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program from an accredited college or university and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average to qualify.

Applications for 2013-14 FEEA scholarships must be postmarked no later than March 29, 2013.

For more information on FEEA, go to their website at: http://www.feea.org/index.php.

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