2009-11-27 / School News

Peninsula Preparatory Academy Starts Pen Pal Program

Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School (PPA) has embarked on an exciting pen pal letter ex change program. The Pen Pal Letter Ex - change has given the scholars an op - portunity to interact with students from around the world as well as reinforce the character development program that has been instituted at PPA.

In June, The Wave ran an article about the kindergarten scholars at PPA and a neighborhood school that exchanged letters during the 2008- 2009 school year. The letter ex change between the schools developed into a project in which Penin sula Prep donated material to help Grace Lutheran Day School start their year off successfully.

For the 2009-2010 school year PPA is extending the program to the entire school, grades K-5. Each grade was assigned a partnership with schools located in different regions of the world, starting with New York State, the United States and North America, extending to Africa. The theme of the pen pal letters centers around PPA's R.E.A.C.H H.I.G.H character development program.

The fourth-grade scholars used technology to communicate with Hillel Academy in Jamaica, WI. The scholars set up E-PAL accounts (Internet-based email exchange) in order to communicate with Hillel Academy via their laptops. Penin sula Prep has also partnered with School-to-School International, the non-profit organization, which connected PPA with schools in war torn Guinea, West Africa. The fifth-grade scholars at PPA were selected to write letters to students in West Africa. They, too, used the school's state-of-the-art portable technology lab to translate their letters into French, the official language in Guinea.

On November 5, 2009 the school host ed the pen pal letter kickoff event in which representatives from the United States Postal Service held presentations for each grade level. The scholars learned how the United States Postal Service works, and the process their letters will go through before reaching their final destination.

Local news stations covered the event and highlighted the scholars' intention to organize a community service project with the other partner schools in order to help the students in Guinea get the supplies they need to run their schools.

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