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Augusta Prep’s launches student-to-student handwritten mail delivery system

Posted: October 11, 2017 - 12:18am
Augusta Prep student workers pause for a photo at the new Cavalier Communications Center sorting station.
Augusta Prep student workers pause for a photo at the new Cavalier Communications Center sorting station.

Augusta Prep recently received a special delivery - one from a seemingly bygone era.

The school calls it the Cavalier Communications Center, a newly-introduced student-to-student mail service that harkens back to a time when handwritten notes delivered by postal service mail were the equivalent of today's email, text or Snapchat message, according to a news release from the school.

"Each day during a recess break in Prep's Lower School, a group of student volunteers meet with fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Mims at the Cavalier Communications Center sorting station to devise a pick-up and delivery plan, and gather the day's outgoing stamped mail from each of the Lower School's classrooms."

Certain rules exist for delivery within the halls of Prep's Lower School, including recipient name and address, return address, and a stamp. Student workers walk the hallways and collect the letters in pickup boxes outside the door of each classroom.

Much like a home address, the classrooms have a specific number and road name address posted above their door. Among others, there's 5 Prep Parkway, 7 Hedgehog Hollow, and even 14 Flamingo Feather Drive.

The plan is to add kindergarten into the mix after this coming February. Students say they love the idea as it teaches them about mail and it gets them writing letters. Teachers are incorporating the concept into lesson plans and say they also are having fun writing letters back and forth.

Mrs. Mims, who was instrumental in starting the new program, said it's an idea she remembered from when she was in school in the 5th grade.

"It's one of my favorite memories from when I was in school," Mims said. "It's just something I've always remembered, and I really wanted to bring that to our Lower School at Augusta Prep."

Mims said the new service has really caught on.

"This program is bringing a lot of benefits to all of the classrooms that are involved. Our third- and fourth-grade students have one-to-one Chromebooks, and we're actually not allowing them to type the letters. They have to handwrite them," Mims said. "Third grade is incorporating it with their cursive program and their letter writing program. Second grade is incorporating it with Daily Fives, so they're writing letters every day. The kids are asking to write them for homework. They're just really, really enjoying the program."

 

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