Post Office tour boosts students’ letter writing skills

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha teaches the craft of letter writing to local students.

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha teaches the craft of letter writing to local students.

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha and Postmaster Kristina Hill became local holiday celebrities this past season with children. To inspire them to hone their letter crafting skills, Bracha and Hill visited the local elementary school and discussed letter writing with the young students and how to address letters. They also took Letters to Santa templates, holiday stickers, and a festive poem to aid students in the letter writing process.

“Both the teachers and students enjoyed it immensely,” said Hill.

Beyond classroom visits, Bracha and Hill gave kindergartners, pre-kindergartners and homeschooled students a tour of the Post Office. They also assisted homeschooled children with their letter writing ability at the Post Office during their visit.

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.”

Honor a Hero

Honor a hero

Many extraordinary accomplishments are achieved by exceptional people every day. Whether it’s a school teacher who goes the extra mile for his students, a military member who bravely served her country, a first responder who saved the life of a family member, or any other everyday hero, these unique individuals make a big difference in the lives of others.

To honor their accomplishments, the Postal Service released the 2014 Everyday Cards for Everyday Heroes collection last month. The cards provide a way to express gratitude for the tremendous contributions of remarkable people.

The distinctive card collection is available now through Nov. 11 at select Post Offices, and comes with a variety of messages and designs for that special person.

Everyday Hero

There are many people all around us that manage to accomplish extraordinary things every day. Whether it’s a school teacher who goes the extra mile for his students, a soldier who bravely serves her country with honor during tough times or someone who just happens to be at the right place at the right time when someone else needs his help.

Everyday heroes are a big part of why this country is such a great place to live. To honor their accomplishments, the Postal Service released the 2012 Everyday Cards for Everyday Heroes collection. The cards provide a way for people to express their gratitude for the tremendous contributions of those who deserve recognition.

The cards are available for $2.95 at select Post Offices or online at USPS.com.

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