Meet Your Penpal Day for Trent Students and Local School Children
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scavenger Hunt and Sing-Along Planned for Penpal Partners
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
(Peterborough) A giant scavenger hunt at Trent University will bring together more than 700 Trent students and their penpals, children in Grades 1 to 3.
Meet Your Penpal Day on Friday, September 30 will kick-off with the penpals forming a large circle on the new athletics field at 9:30 a.m. The group will sing songs before heading out on the scavenger hunt around campus at about 9:45 a.m.
The Trent Penpal Program partners undergraduate students and B.Ed. candidates with underprivileged primary students in First Nations and Peterborough schools. The Trent students support the pupils' literacy development through meaningful letter writing.
"Strong relationships grow very quickly and the children take strong ownership of their older penpals, young adults who give them undivided attention and unconditional acceptance and support," says Deborah Berrill, director of the School of Education and Professional Learning. "Classroom teachers involved in the penpal program tell us repeatedly that this kind of individual attention prompts very strong motivation and commitment for all children, and particularly for those whom reading and writing are difficult."
This year the Trent Penpal Program involves 18 classrooms and more than 700 people writing to each other every three to four weeks. Sarah Willie, a fourth-year student at Trent, is the Senior Program Coordinator while Jesse Corriveau, a third-year student is the Junior Program Coordinator. There are also 18 undergraduate students who serve as classroom coordinators.
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For more information, contact Deborah Berrill, Director of the School of Education, (705) 748-1011, ext. 7376.