Inspiring the next generation

Students at the Granger Elementary school in Iowa recently received a special treat. Granger Postmaster Sara Boorman, Acting Grimes Postmaster Rob Cracraft, Post Office Operations Manager Wendy Berg, and Labor Relations Specialist Teri King visited with the second graders to speak about the Postal Service.

The postal team taught the youngers about different types of deliveries and how the team worked hard to serve the children and their families. The kids were particularly interested to hear about future employment opportunities with the Postal Service when they grew up.

To top off the special day, children had a chance to see a Long-Life Vehicle first-hand and learn more about its capabilities. They also met Teri’s dog Rain King.

Teri is a dog bite prevention specialist in addition to her other duties, and appreciated the chance to educate the children about dog behaviors and how to avoid confrontation with a dog. Kids immediately flocked to Rain and treasured the chance to meet him.

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Students at the Venetucci Elementary School in Colorado Springs, CO, recently had the chance to tour the local processing and distribution center. Acting Plant Manager Karl Foster spent time with the 2nd and 3rd graders to give them the grand tour, including an interactive presentation on how to address letters and the steps involved in the processing of their letters to get them delivered.

The children watched with fascination as high-speed machines read, sorted and barcoded letters. They also watched flat sorters in operation, where parcels are sorted, and how letters are forwarded when someone moves to a new address.

At the end of the tour, students were asked if any of them would like to work at the Post Office one day. All kids unanimously and enthusiastically thrust their hands into the air in support of the future job opportunity.

Preschoolers fascinated by postal magic

Preschool students received a behind-the-scenes look at the journey of their letters recently at the Redmond, OR, Post Office. The expedition started with a simple letter drop in the lobby and quickly expanded into a mesmerizing demonstration of precision operations.

Retail Associate Jennifer Stites and Postmaster Scott Harsh began the tour with 17 students dropping their letters into the lobby drop box. Stites and Harsh then escorted the kids behind the scenes where the real postal magic happens.

Children had a chance to see the hampers that caught their mail and then watched the sortation process. They also learned how postal trucks take the mail inside containers to other cities and how carriers prepare the mail for delivery to their homes.

“We even discussed safety measures we employ at the Post Office and how they can stay safe by avoiding playing around vehicles in their neighborhood,” said Harsh.

Youngsters asked many questions during their visit, including how mail is processed, where staff keeps their dogs, and how the skylights work.

“You are a lot like Santa Clause, but every day!” said one of the students.

Sharing the love

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Luke Frasier, grandson of Downs, KS, Postmaster Wanda Frasier, recently visited the Post Office in Hastings, NE, with his dad. After his father finished with his stamp purchase, Luke told the retail associate that he wanted to hug the Post Office.

The retail associate giggled in response and wished the father and son well.

When they left the Post Office, Luke’s father granted him permission to hug the Post Office.

Career opportunities

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During a Dress Up Night at a local school in Cameron, MO, children dressed up in their professional attire of choice. For the grandson of Kearny Rural Carrier Joe Biggerstaff and Cameron Postmaster Christi Biggerstaff, the decision was easy – he wanted to be just like his grandparents.taylor-daughter

The daughter of Cameron Retail Associate Nick Taylor also participated in dress-up night, and chose to wear postal blue, just like her father.

Learning center tour delights kids

Little River, KS, Retail Associate Leslie Schneider providing a tour of her office to local children.

Little River, KS, Retail Associate Leslie Schneider providing a tour of her office to local children.

When Little River, KS, Retail Associate Leslie Schneider introduced McPherson Postmaster Tammy Hoefer to Little River Mayor Don Teeters a few weeks ago, Hoefer was impressed with what he had to say.

“He told me how happy they were to have Leslie there, and hopes she never leaves,” said Hoefer.

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Beyond the city’s interest in keeping Schneider’s friendly, courteous service within the local community, Schneider, a U.S. Navy veteran, also serves the community’s youth. Recently, she hosted a Learning Center tour of her office, and supplied the children with crayons and a coloring sheet so they can design their own stamp.

“She’s going to hang them up in the office once they get them back to her,” Hoefer said regarding the kids’ artistic stylings. “She is a rock star.”

Postmaster shares value of the mail with the next generation

Norton, KS, City Carrier Chris Noel taught visiting kindergarteners how to be safe around postal vehicles.

Norton, KS, City Carrier Chris Noel taught visiting kindergarteners how to be safe around postal vehicles.

Kindergarteners in Norton, KS, recently had the chance to see behind the scenes activity at their local Post Office. In addition to touring the facility, kids also learned more about the Long-Life Vehicle and the importance of keeping a safe distance from postal vehicles from City Carrier and Safety Captain Chris Noel. Noel asked the kids to be safe and not approach or play around mail trucks in their neighborhoods.

Norton Postmaster Gail Brandyberry appreciated the children’s interest and enthusiasm for the mail.

“These children are America’s future,” said Brandyberry. “I’m glad I had the chance to show them how mail is an integral part of this country’s core value system.”

Kindergartners in Norton, KS, visit their local Post Office

Kindergartners in Norton, KS, visit their local Post Office

Students Embrace Mail

Student “retail associates” learn the value of mail through an interactive process.

Student “retail associates” learn the value of mail through an interactive process.

For one particular kindergarten class at Haven Grade School in Haven, KS, the chance to exchange correspondence with classmates through the “mail” is part of the educational process.

Lisa Vierthaler is the wife of Hutchinson, KS, Rural Carrier Roger Vierthaler. She teaches a class of eager students through a combination of interaction, activity, and play. Part of the format employed by the creative educator is the use of a mock Post Office in the classroom.

Through the simulated Post Office, children hone their math, reading and writing skills while learning the intricacies of social interaction. Lisa touts the benefits of the Post Office simulation as a source of educational motivation and enjoyment for her students. The learning process also has the potential to instill within the youngsters the long-term value of mail in their daily lives.

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