On May 15, the fifth grade class from Jolley School walked across town to meet the senior citizens who had been their pen pals since February of this year.

Kelly Gilkyson and Michelle Finnegan had come up with an idea of a novel way of having the fifth graders practice their cursive writing and grammar skills by teaming up with members of the center.

After exchanging letters for the past several months, the students decided it was time to have a “meet and greet” session complete with treats so the letter writers could put faces and names together. Thus, the across town walk on a beautiful day to the Main Street Center where the two groups did meet and greet each other.

In addition to enjoying some really wonderful conversations and future plans, the diverse group enjoyed sharing treats and soft drinks and made plans to maybe have some game-playing sessions another year. Topics of conversation ranged from family news, what a favorite pizza was to summer plans and what are you going to do when you grow up. From the sound of the gathering, there was lots to talk about and age didn’t seem to make a difference in finding shared interests.

The session ended with each student receiving a gift courtesy of the W.H. Over Museum and by everyone posing for a group photo.


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