Pickup art on display

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When the Superior, MT, Post Office held an event recently to celebrate the release of the Pickup Trucks stamp set, employees revved up interest by injecting an extra element of fun.

Retail Associates Diane Gaston and Breyanna King, as well as Officer in Charge Liz Asay, spent three weeks before the occasion working on intricate details to make it a success, including a special coloring contest open to all ages.

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Enthusiastic artists in the community submitted 57 entries into the contest. After more than 180 local event attendees perused the talented works, they chose seven winners who reveled in the recognition.

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In addition to the colorful art on display, many visitors also brought their pickup trucks to put on display for the community to enjoy.

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Coloring Page Contest

Coloring page 2015 contest

Recently, Newburg, MO, Post Office Retail Associate Leann Mcnew met with a local school and proposed a coloring contest for pre-school and kindergarten classes. When the school enthusiastically accepted, Mcnew provided them with copies of the 2015 Postal Coloring Page creatively designed by Earl Musick

Students at the school added their colorful design touches to the page and submitted them for entry into the contest. Four winners were selected by customers of the Newburg Post Office. Postmaster Jim Woodman and Mcnew presented a Christmas stocking to each of the winners at the school.

“The contest provided a way for me to give back to a community that has been so gracious to me,” said Mcnew.

Graceful Envelope

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Before her recent retirement, West Burlington, IA, Postmaster Cyndie Reppert sparked an interest in “The Letter Art Club.” The primary focus of the club is geared toward improving student handwriting skills, calligraphy and letter art.

The Mediapolis Savings Bank offered to purchase supplies for the club at the Morning Sun Elementary School, including marker sets, paper, envelopes, and postage. This donation allowed twelve students to attend a nine-week, one hour session every Thursday after school.

The club’s final project was to create an envelope as an entry into “The Graceful Envelope Contest,” an international contest sponsored by the Washington Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers. The theme this year was “There’s no place like home.” Each student came up with his or her own idea of how to depict the provided theme on an envelope.

The efforts of Postmaster Cyndie Reppert in using her time to promote this initiative lead to the artistic creations depicted here as well as the overall success of the project.

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Unusual Items in the Mail

Unusual Items in the Mail

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! recently had a strange mail contest asking its readers to send in unusual items through the mail – without packaging.

The contest was held over a period of 12 weeks, and many interesting items were received. Besides shedding any form of packaging and placing both the postage and destination address directly on the item, there were no restrictions on what could be entered into the contest.

Weekly winners of the contest received a copy of the book A Curious Man – The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley, while the grand prize winner had their choice of either a custom Bumble Bee Transformer or a Jack Sparrow sculpture, each measuring 3’ 4” high weighing 200 pounds.

Some of the more interesting items entered into the contest included a plunger, zucchini, and even a dog bone toy, but the entry that won top prize was a complete McDonald’s meal.

A complete list of the winners is available by clicking here.

Scaring Up a Decorative Halloween

Dressing up for Halloween to celebrate this spooky time of year is nothing out of the ordinary. For one particular Post Office in Wampum, PA, a certain Halloween costume is anything but ordinary.

The town of Wampum introduced a competition this year for businesses to dress up a scarecrow for Halloween. Many businesses such as convenience stores, diners, and insurance offices participated in the event. Also stepping up to the creative plate was the local Post Office.

For its submission, the Wampum Post Office dressed up a scarecrow in a ‘Simpler way to ship” t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans poised on top of a stuffed horse carrying a small mail satchel. The display, entitled “The Pony Express,” won top honors in the competition.

The event was successful enough this year to spark conversation about expanding it next year to include residents of the community.

What other creative Halloween displays have you seen at a Post Office?

Free Stuff

Did someone say free? Free stuff is something that almost everyone can enjoy receiving. From winning a sweepstakes to trinkets picked up at a trade show, people have been enjoying free stuff wherever and whenever they’re offered. When searching for that next free item, why not try usps.com?

Now available on usps.com is a section dedicated to free samples. The Postal Service is offering the opportunity to connect customers with free product samples from top brands and have them delivered to their door. Just go to usps.com, click on Manage Your Mail, and select Learn About Free Product Samples to get started.

In addition to free samples, you’ll also find coupons, contests, and discounts on different products and services. Take a look at the site today and see if it has something that’s right for you.

Caption Contest: A Leap Forward in Robotics

This photo from Sherry Holt in Surprise, AZ, shows an unusual mailbox captured while on vacation in Spokane, WA.
If you were to write the caption for it, what would it be?
Submit your caption here.
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