Pen pals unite at YSU

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.

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