Friends finally meet after a year of writing letters


penpalsolstarofthesea-webLeft, Pen pals from Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Cape May, and Holy Name, Camden, share a day at the beach.

Students at Catholic schools recently spent some face time with their letter-writing friends.

Students of Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School, Cape May, got to know the first and second grade students from Holy Name School in Camden through a pen pal letter writing project.

The Star of the Sea students raised funds with the goal of bringing their new friends to Cape May for a day at the beach. The Star of the Sea students were able to pay for the bus transportation from Camden, and they also provided lunch and beach toys for their new friends.

At Good Shepherd Regional School in Collingswood, students recently hosted a lunch for their pen pals, who are area senior citizens.

Sister Bianca started the pen pal program a decade ago when she was teaching at Holy Saviour in Westmont. She has continued the program at the newly merged Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School.

In Collingswood she searched for seniors living alone or those in nursing homes that belong to St. John Parish. She also continues to use the senior list from Holy Saviour Parish.

This program begins in fourth grade and continues into the fifth grade so students have their pen pals for two years. The students write monthly letters.