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Pen pals who have written letters to each other over the past eight months got to meet in person Thursday.
Students in American literature classes wrote letters to third graders from Immaculate Heart of Mary/St. Joseph in Austintown, St. Christine in Youngstown, St. Patrick in Hubbard and St. Rose in Girard. The high school students then wrote a book based on the letters they received from their pen pals and presented the books to the elementary students during an assembly.
The creator of the project said the students learn a variety of writing skills during the assignment.
“Some old-fashioned letter writing skills that seem to be lost with mass communication today,” said teacher Aimee Morrison. “This is their creative writing project. We do a lot of analytical writing, but this is one of the creative projects throughout the year.”
Students in the honors American literature classes at Ursuline set up language arts games and performed a skit for the visiting elementary students.
This is the 12th year for the pen pal program.