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Trailridge Elementary Kid's Country
B. Jeannette Smith
1208 Allendale Drive
Greenwood, MO 64034
Our older children worked through the local postmaster at the U.S. Postal Service to design and implement a Wee Deliver Postal Service for our entire school.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 15
Range of Student Ages: Nine to twelve years old
Duration of Activity: Throughout the school year
Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: This was a mail system within the school that was used by parents‚ students‚ and school staff.
What is the academic content of this activity?
The students had to name halls and give street numbers to rooms. They had to design a stamp‚ delivery routes‚ and make sure every room had a mailbox outside of its entrance. As each letter came in‚ the sorter would have to sort it by delivery route‚ the cancellor/stamper would have to check the address to make sure it was correct‚ and the carriers had to read the addres‚ follow the route‚ and make sure it got into the correct mailbox. These jobs included using literacy‚ math‚ and reasoning skills.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
The school was excited to have a mail system for students. The parents were glad to have a system in which they could drop off a card or note to their children on special days. As the children found mistakes on addresses‚ they not only would mark‚ "Return to Sender"‚ but if the sender was a young child‚ they would explain to the child what was wrong‚ and what they needed to do differently. Two adult sponsors worked with them to help prepare materials and help the students to evaluate the system and make changes when necessary.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
This mail system belonged to the students‚ so it was their responsibility to share tasks‚ to decide whether a letter should be returned or could be processed‚ to fill classroom boxes of envelopes and stamps when needed‚ and to make decisions such as‚ how many days each week the mail would be delivered‚ where to place the deposit boxes‚ and how to advertise the system.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
The U.S. Postal Service came to our school and did a "mock" swearing in of each Wee Deliver postal worker. They had to make a commitment in front of the school that they would treat this program as a serious commitment. Every afternoon after school‚ when they came into our program‚ they would sign in and then sign out to go around the school and do their Wee Deliver job. They knew that they couldn't just say‚ "I don't feel like delivering mail today‚" because this was their responsibility and others were depending on them.