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Pen pals needed for school program

Are you a senior citizen interested in getting “real” mail from someone who is interested in knowing more about you? Do you enjoy writing and receiving letters the old-fashioned way?

If so, you are invited to become a pen pal. The Pen Pal Project is one component of the Seniors & Students Volunteer Program — a partnership between the Hamilton School District and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County. The Pen Pal Project provides a wonderful opportunity for elementary school-age students to make new friends, learn what life was like in the past and practice letter-writing skills.

Here’s how it works. Senior citizens are paired with a fourth- or fifth-grade student from an elementary school in the Hamilton School District. These pen pals write to each other during the school year. Most pen pals share about one letter per month.

A special pen pal party is planned at the end of the school year where students and seniors meet one another in person. Even “snow birds” who travel to warmer climates during the winter months can participate in this project.

If you are interested in becoming a pen pal, please leave a message for RSVP Seniors & Students Coordinator Jenni Luszak at (262) 246-1973 ext. 1524.