GALION – Galion Primary School second-grade teacher Lynne Foust used technology to engage other schools from around the United States in a Valentine exchange program.
The project involved students writing a letter to the other classes and making a Valentine to send along with the letter. Foust decided to be part of the project when she saw the idea on a second-grade Facebook group.
“As a class, we had to come up with a letter to the other classes and make a valentine to go with it,” said Foust. “It took a lot of class time to read them all.”
Foust’s class received 35 valentines, and have continued receiving one or two each day since Feb. 14. The most interesting came from a second-grade class in Walton, Kansas.
“They are an Agricultural school and have a working farm,” said Foust. “Their second-grade takes care of the eggs from the chickens every day.”
Each student opened one letter and shared it with the class. Foust and her students placed sticky notes on the U.S. map to help track where the letters were from.
“It sounded like a fun project and we had previously worked on letter writing,” said Foust. “Children don’t always get the opportunity to write or receive letters these days with all the technology available to them.”
After the students shared the letter with the class, they got to keep the valentine that was sent. Foust, however, kept the letters to display for others to see.
“We have an amazing staff in the Primary School,” said Principal Cindy Voss. “Mrs. Foust’s unique project is just one of many happening daily to engage our students in new and exciting ways throughout the building.”
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