YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – They say writing letters is becoming a lost art but a partnership between Youngstown State University and a Youngstown city school is keeping it alive.
Throughout the school year, more than 120 students at Harding Elementary would write in a journal. It would then be exchanged with YSU students from the Scholars and Honors program. Thursday, those Pen Pals got a chance to meet during a ceremony at YSU.
Ashely Orr, president of the University Scholars program said it is a great program for everyone involved.
“We are developing a relationship with these kids and hopefully inspiring them to work hard in school, to act in a positive way, and we are trying to be good role models for them,” said Orr. “Similarly, they are teaching us a lot about just appreciating the little things, getting us excited to speak to someone in the old-fashioned form of writing by hand.”
The program started last year with 60 students in one grade. This year, it expanded to 130 students in three grades at Harding Elementary.