I was thinking how both my children and grandchildren have enjoyed looking at all my 'treasures' from my childhood. Letters and cards, and I wondered what it will be like for their children without that. So I wrote 'Granny's Special Memories'.
SNAIL MAIL Day 13th June 2017
This special day is approaching next month, and due to my working life being so busy, I don't have a lot of time to put into it this year. I like to think many of you are on board again, and will get your kids/schools involved. I often hear after the day about a school's involvement.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something planned for 2017.
Mrs Bowen at Selwyn Primary School her class will be writing letters
(has shared the day with all other staff)
Aberdeen Primary Mrs Stayte her class are in again
St Joseph's Onehunga Mrs Harris are in as studying communication this term
Paeroa Schools Cluster being advised by Mrs Woodham
Min Plus Rotorua Mrs Bufton Sharing with students and their families
St Michael's Primary Rotorua A lot of the school are involved again
An emphasis on writing to grandparents.
Cambridge East Primary Mrs McIsaac Yes, they're involved again.
Henley School Nelson Mrs F Yes, we'll be writing again
Glen Massey School Kirsten M Excited at involving whole school.
Mt Biggs School Ms S Loves the idea.
Mrs K South Auckland I am going to do my best to fit this in.
Meg G Sending letters to an absent classmate.
Pokeno School Mrs H Sending thank you letters to grandparents.
Otumoetai School Ms F Writing this week. Woo hoo.
Discovery School, Wellington Ms E Keen to be involved.
Omata School, Taranaki Ms M Letters ready to go. Yee haa.
Bluestone School Timaru Ms G Writing back to penpals from last year
St Columbas Mrs R Exchanging with school in Taihape
Taihape Ms W Exchanging with St Columbas
Cambridge Primary Mrs B Hoping to exchange with anther school
Primary School in Lismore NSW Exchanging with school here
Renwick School Ms F Year 4/s exchanging letters
Selwyn Primary Year 4/s exchanging with school in NSW
Oteha School Ms A Loved it so much they're back again.
What is SNAIL Mail day?
It's a day to get back to basics and send someone special a letter. How long since you got a real letter in the letterbox? Was it exciting? Give someone else a treat and send them a card or letter. Texts and emails don't last forever, but a letter or card can.
The idea began in Te Kuiti, as I watched my daughter and her friend sitting on the floor reading letters they'd written to one another twenty years earlier. They were laughing as they talked about those memories, including some things they'd forgotten about. This was their shared history in written form. I thought we need to do something to make sure we can still write letters and cards, so their children can still enjoy moments like this. I decided I'd be the one to make it happen.
Over the years, so much history has been saved in letters people have written. The art of letter writing needs to be kept alive as it's an important life skill. I spoke to my two oldest granddaughters, then 11 and 8 about the idea of Snail Mail Day. They were so enthusiastic about creating a special day that.......here we are. Come on and join us.
Adults can check out Snail Mail Day 13th June on Facebook.
Henley School Nelson - six classrooms on board.
Horohoro School - would like whole school involved.
Bluestone School Timaru - years 5 and 6 teachers keen to be involved.
Aberdeen School Hamilton - Mrs S says 2015 was so great they're back
Pukemiro School - Joining us this year. Welcome Pukemiro
Cambridge East - Yes Mrs Mc says, they're in again.
Rotorua Primary - Some teachers keen to be involved
Waitomo News Te Kuiti - Already run photos leading up to the day
Ouruhia School Christchurch - Love the idea already on their FB page
Mind Plus School Rotorua - Students been given details.
Paeroa Schools - Being encouraged to preserve history
St Columbas Hamilton - Welcome aboard to those involved
Koromatua School Hamilton - Room 1 are going international. Fantastic!
Aberdeen School Hamilton - Miss Forsyth's class have written to Sweden.
Pinehill School - Ms Seths's class
Oamaru Primary School - Miss P's class
St Marks Pakuranga - Ms K's class have loved it.
- WOW the whole of Cambridge East Primary School are writing letters.
- I visited them afterwards to talk about Snail Mail Day
- Mrs Stayte's Class at Aberdeen wrote letters to someone at their house.
- Several other classes at Aberdeen School wrote letters. One is wrote to a school in Aberdeen in Scotland.
- Vardon School Room 14 wrote to special people.
- Sarah's class at Leamington got involved for the second year and I visited them.
- Melissa told me her class were VERY excited about writing a real letter.
- Cambridge and Te Awamutu libraries had displays.
- Some Nelson libraries also had displays
- Nelson Provincial Museum loves the idea
- Article in the Hamilton Press
- Mainland TV did two fabulous interviews
- To watch Alison talking about Snail Mail Day go to this link. Young Sophie did a brilliant job talking about how much she enjoys writing letters. She is at at 14 mins 27 seconds. https://youtu.be/OmDchX2_Ux4
- Rotorua Daily Post printed an article with photos of St Michael's pupils
- St Michael's Rotorua year 2 wrote letters
- Article in Waikato Times
- Article in the Cambridge Edition
- Waitomo News took photos at St Joseph's Te Kuiti
- An article appeared in the Nelson Weekly. Check it out here
I found this one I did with stuff which I was really pleased about.
Don't send a text, send a letter.