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.

Curious kids

When Nevada, MO, City Carrier Krista Marshall recently received a request from a school along her route to speak to their children about the Post Office, she was eager to help.

Preschool children from St. Mary’s School gathered around Marshall as she explained the importance of safety around vehicles and how carriers deliver mail each day. The enthusiastic kids enjoyed Marshall’s presentation and demonstrated keen curiosity regarding her job, the mail and of course, the fascinating vehicle Marshall drove in the performance of her duties.

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.

Career Days

City Carrier Assistant Jeremy Shute chats with preschoolers.

City Carrier Assistant Jeremy Shute chats with preschoolers.

Career days are often a memorable experience for young children. For a group of preschoolers at Lifting Off Academy day care center in Colorado Springs, CO, that impression also included a visit from their local, friendly carrier.

City Carrier Assistant Jeremy Shute stopped by the Academy recently to share his job experience with the impressionable youth. He told them about his route and how much he enjoys delivering letters and packages to homes and businesses.

One of questions asked of him by the children directly addressed a topic many young ones have regarding contact with a holiday icon.

When asked if he delivered their letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole, Shute told the children that he didn’t get to go all the way to the North Pole, but that he did make sure their letters were picked up and sent to Santa.

Future Customer Engagement

Future customer engagement
The Spokane P&DC recently had the opportunity to host a group of preschoolers that wanted to learn about the postal service.
“The children wrote personal letters and will be mailing them today,” said Spokane P&DC Plant Manager Bill Rupert. “Days like this make us special.”
The great interest in the mailing process expressed by these talented preschoolers demonstrate that mail is still in strong demand by the littlest of generations.
What other events do you think would help engage the next generation in mail delivery?
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