Kindergarten Pen Pal Program Helps Community
Recently, kindergarten students from Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School and Grace Lutheran Day School began a pen pal program to engage in conversation about how they could service their community and school, as part of the collaborative relationship between the schools.
The two schools began their relationship via the Mini Grant Project, sponsored by the PPA's Board of Trustees, in which each teacher was asked to create a project that involved students working with the community. The kindergarten students communicated a number of times, and subsequently met for lunch at Grace Lutheran Day School in June, where they discussed ways in which they could continue the relationship between the schools. Their ideas helped develop a program in which Peninsula Preparatory Academy will donate extra furniture and materials to Grace Lutheran Day School, in order to help ensure that their partner school has the materials necessary for a successful start to the 2009-2010 school year.
For the new school year, the students of Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School and Grace Lutheran Day School will continue to write each other letters and discuss how to help their community.
In the future, the students plan to volunteer at senior centers and donate to soup kitchens during the holiday season. What started as pen pal letters between young students has grown into a partnership.