This is my second year participating in PencilPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools). Each new school year we’re assigned a student from a 5th grade class that participates in the program and we write back and forth. We pick a book to read together and talk about in future letters, things we’ve been up to and details about ourselves. Before the school year ends, they invite us to a pizza party so we can meet them face to face. I had so much fun and my PencilPAL was so sweet. I gave her a signed copy of a middle grade fiction book by Stephanie Burgis. The class played the bells for us and sang a song. I’ll also continue writing her back over the summer.
I’ve also participated in BookPALS where I’d go to elementary schools that participate in the program and read to them once a week for 30 minutes. (Unfortunately I’ll have to wait until both of my kids are in school before I can participate in this program again.)
Can’t wait til the new school year….and this school year hasn’t even ended yet 🙂
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