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School of Education Hosts 19th Annual Pen Pal Day


Over 300 Teacher Candidates to Meet their Public School Pen Pals on September 22

Wednesday, September, 20, 2006, Peterborough

On Friday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. over 300 students from Trent University will meet their public school-aged penpals for the first time in the North Lot of Trent’s University’s Champlain College.

The annual “Meet Your Penpal Day” is a significant part of the Penpal program at Trent, which matches university students with children in Grades One through Three at local schools, including: Curve Lake First Nation School, Roger Neilson Public School, Otonabee Valley Public School, and Keith Wightman Public School.

In total approximately 650 penpals will participate in the program, sending letters to each other once a month. The letters are used specifically to teach literacy in the classroom, such as spelling, sentence structure, grammar, and letter writing skills. As important is the relationship that is formed between the penpals, showing the power of writing in meaningful real-life activities.

Friday’s event is the first of three Penpal days scheduled for this academic year. These events provide the younger penpals with a chance to meet and learn from their university-aged counterparts, and to see Trent University.  From these experiences many of them get their first idea that they might attend university one day.


Media are invited and encouraged to attend this event. Excellent photo opportunities will be available, particularly from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Deborah Berrill, Director, School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7376.