Pen pals finally meet


Who says letter writing is a lost art?

For the past several weeks, 20 Emmet County RSVP volunteers have written letters back and forth with Jennifer Gesche’s fourth-graders at Demoney Elementary at Estherville Lincoln Central.

The volunteers and their fourth-grade pen pals finally met Thursday, Dec. 16 at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville. Iowa Lakes Community College has sponsored the RSVP program at its five campuses since 1977.

According to Linda Anderson, Emmet County RSVP coordinator, the pen pals program has been ongoing since 2008. During that time, Emmet County RSVP volunteers, and Demoney Elementary ­students, have exchanged an average of 50-60 letters each year. In addition, Emmet County RSVP volunteers over the years have written letters to students at Sentral Elementary in Fenton. The volunteers will start another round of letters in January.

So what do RSVP volunteers and students write in their letters?

Well, anything and everything – what’s appropriate for fourth-graders, of course. Topics could range anywhere from pets to farm animals to favorite foods and colors to sports teams and, particularly this time of year, what students hope Santa will put under the tree.


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