While there are 1,087 students signed up for the pen pal program, not all classes have a matching class in another community. Classes interested in participating can contact GLEC. Matches are needed for one kindergarten class, one first-grade class, two second-grade classes, two fourth-grade classes, one fifth-grade and one eighth grade class. Teachers interested in participating can reach GLEC at 978-685-3000.
Siviski’s class has been paired with teacher Diana Blanchette’s class at the Tenney School in Methuen. The two teachers have been best friends nearly their entire lives.
“So not only does my class write to Ms. Blanchette’s fourth-grade students, but I write to her as well. I think it is important for students to see that in action and know that letter writing is a valuable lesson to learn and keep throughout their lives,” said Siviski. “Now if they can only handle the suspense and wait time, we will have a successful experience.”