BATON ROUGE, La (BRPOUD) – Ever wanted a pen pal?

U.S. Postal Service has partnered with WeAreTeachers to create an educational pen pal program.  The USPS Pen Pal Project is for students in third through fifth grade and will provide 25,000 classrooms with a USPS Pen Pal Project kit. Public, charter, and private school teachers can participate.

Sign up for the program here.

“WeAreTeachers is so excited to work with USPS on this unique program that will share free resources with teachers and give 25,000 classrooms of students the opportunity to have a pen pal experience and build friendships and understanding across the United States,” Editorial Director Dana Truby said.

Pen Pal matches are expected later this month or early January. Teachers will receive the name and school contact information of the teacher with who they have been matched. The kits come with 26 envelopes and cards, four large teacher envelopes, one teaching poster and one sheet of stickers.

The goal of this program is to help children build friendships, improve their writing and communication skills and understand diverse perspectives.

Find more information about the project here.