Pen Pal Program: An educational letter exchange program that bridges differences
Our pen pal program provides students with the opportunity to build friendships that consist of sharing and learning.
The friendships fostered by our program bridge differences such as culture, ethnicity, religion, and geography.
James Banks, PhD., Director of Multicultural Education at the University of Washington says, “The earlier children are introduced to other life-styles, the better they understand differences and view them more positively.”
In hopes of expanding this opportunity to other students, we invite all who are interested in joining our pen pal program to contact us today!
A Guinean boy shows a picture of his pen pal from San Francisco, CA.
Students and their teacher at Metropolitan Learning Center in Portland, OR, preparing for the circus.
Students with their teacher at Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco, CA. Students exchanged letters and sent soccer balls to their pen pals in Guinea.
Guinean students greeting cards from their pen pals at the French American International School in Portland, OR.
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Students in Guinea reading their letters from their pen-pals in the United States.
A student in Guinea writing to a pen-pal in the United States.
A letter from Gary in the United States to his pen-pal, Mangue, in Guinea.
- Who? Our program is designed for elementary school students.
- When? Each school year there are two rounds of letters. Each student will send two letters and receive two letters.
- Where? Students in North America or Europe exchange letters with students from our partner schools in Guinea, West Africa.
Featured School: Steve Auslander, a teacher at Allisonville Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN, created a video and posted it online to share his students' pen pal experience. Click here to watch the video!