Anna was in the third grade when her Girl Scout troop hooked her up with a pen pal several states away. "I never expected to keep my pen pal, but I did," says Anna. "It's been 27 years, and we have met in person about four times." Anna and her pen pal have daughters that are close in age, and now they correspond with each other to carry on the fun tradition.
Bob was in the fifth grade "many, many years ago" when he found a pen pal through the personal ads in the Pack-o-Fun magazine. Fred was introduced to his pen pal thanks to an elementary school project that paired students from his class with kids from another district.
"The pen pal project was an exercise in letter writing and cursive skills, but it turned into much more for me," says Fred. "Since our schools were within driving distance of each other, my pen pal and I became great friends." Fred and his pal have since connected electronically. "Email has replaced our written letters, but we still look forward to our annual, old-fashioned Christmas card."
We can easily connect with people via cell phones, computers and other electronic devices, so why bother with pen and paper? For two reasons:
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