Generations will come together May 19 at Marcy Elementary School when fourth-graders in the classes of Beth Schaefer, Barb Gogan and Pam Biron meet their senior citizen pen pals. The students and seniors have been corresponding since November and are excited to meet their new friends.
The Pen Pal project is an off-shoot of the district’s Seniors and Students Program, a collaborative effort between the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County and the Hamilton School District. The intent of the Pen Pal project is to give students letter-writing practice, both typed and hand-written, learn about life in the past through true stories and to make intergenerational connections and new friends. The seniors have many wonderful experiences to share, and the students enjoy their firsthand accounts.
The celebration will include a sing-a-long of old-fashioned American songs, a photo session with student and pen pal, a keepsake craft to make as a souvenir of the day, refreshments and a tour of Marcy Elementary School. To help cover the cost of the event, the students recently held an ice cream sale as part of their economics unit.
The celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Marcy Elementary School is located at W180 N4851 Marcy Road in Menomonee Falls.