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.

How it works

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.

Preschool kids eager to learn about their carrier and USPS

Henderson, CO, Rural Carrier Shauna Galicia

Henderson, CO, Rural Carrier Shauna Galicia recently helped coordinate a visit to a local preschool. The kids at John W. Thimmig Elementary School displayed both awe and curiosity when Galicia showed them a rare look inside a postal vehicle and her USPS satchel. The youngsters also enjoyed talking with Galicia about her duties as a carrier.

“The Henderson Post Office is proud to have such a generous and thoughtful employee on its staff and admires this contribution to the community,” said Postmaster Crystal Gutierrez.

Future career choices


Salt Lake District Network Specialist Tim Stephan recently joined his granddaughter at her preschool and gave a presentation on the Postal Service to the young audience. To enhance their experience, he also brought props including carrier hats, uniforms, and a satchel, as well as postal coloring books for the kids to enjoy.

The children appreciated the unique postal experience and had fun pretending to be employees for the day.

Career opportunities


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.

Healy, AK, Post Office recognizes “Red Nose Day”

Healy, AK, employees with their red noses – Retail Associate Kathy Hennigan, Postmaster Aleta Blanchard and Retail Associate Terri Lundgren. In the back is Sonya Hulse, cleaning contractor.

Healy, AK, employees with their red noses – Retail Associate Kathy Hennigan, Postmaster Aleta Blanchard and Retail Associate Terri Lundgren. In the back is Sonya Hulse, cleaning contractor.

Employees in the Healy, AK, Post Office helped bring attention to “Red Nose Day” late in May by wearing fashionable red noses.

“Red Nose Day” was created by Comic Relief and is meant to raise funds in support of impoverished children around the world.  NBC-TV provides a two-hour block of time to promote the cause.

Healy Retail Associate Terrie Lundgren bought the red noses and each of the employees wore them for the designated day in support of the cause.

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

Christmas Eve surprise

Santa and Elf 2

To brighten the holidays for children this year, Reser’s Fine Foods and Meadows Elementary School in Topeka, KS, teamed up with USPS to provide gifts to children in less fortunate situations.

Meadows Elementary identified children within the school who could use extra help and asked them to write letters to Santa. Reser’s received those letters and purchased gifts for each as well as other children within the same households. After wrapping the gifts, Reser’s handed them off to USPS.


Topeka, KS, Main Office City Carrier Assistant Billy Barkemeyer, dressed as Santa Claus, along with City Carrier Assistant Rayling Mack delivered the special items to the children. The youngsters were both surprised and overjoyed at seeing Santa arrive on Christmas Eve to deliver the gifts.

Daniel Promising to be good next year too

Forget Me Not

Missing children

Affirming its long-standing commitment to help find missing children, the U.S. Postal Service® issues this new stamp to make members of the public more aware of the ways they can assist-and to offer hope to the families of missing children as they continue their search.

More than 460,000 reports of missing children were made to law enforcement in the United States in 2014. Fortunately, loved ones have reason for hope: Increased public awareness, training, laws, and technology have led to more missing children coming home now than at any other point in history. For three decades, the U.S. Postal Service has also been honored to help with the search, cooperating with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Valassis Communications, Inc., on a program that features photographs of missing children on advertising materials delivered to millions of American homes. To date, about 1,900 of the nearly 3,300 children featured on these mailings have been recovered, at least 157 as a direct result of this program.

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service publishes photos and information about missing children in the Postal Bulletin, which adds some 700,000 employees to the search effort.

The Forget-Me-Not Forever Stamps are now available at, at the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

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