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More than Just Delivering Mail

Columbus Magnet School 2nd Grade Post Office teaches kids about community

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Norwalk, CT | Added on December 18, 2013 At 11:51 AM

At Columbus Magnet School, teachers are creatively delivering lessons, while students deliver the mail. 

Dee Walters, one of the Second Grade teachers at Columbus Magnet School in Norwalk said, "The past two months the children have been learning about community service organizations, community service workers and how important they are to the community of Norwalk.

On Wednesday, 2nd Graders wrapped up their Community Post Office Project. During week students, staff and parents sent letters and cards within the building.

Students reenacted real life jobs from sorters to mail carriers.

2nd Grader Roman was one of the stamp and stationary designers. He said, "We colored the stamps so people could put them on the letters."

Classmate Mary Kate took on the role of sorter. She said, "We take the mail and we look at the zip code [organized by the teachers] and we put into the boxes."

Instead of dollars and cents, kids paid for stamps with food items that would be donated to the local food bank.

Walters said, "We're not only learning about community service workers being important to our community, we're also teaching the children the important of giving back to their community and helping others."

Aiden was one of the food sorters. He said, "We counted all the food that we had collected on Monday and we put them into 10s so we could count them."

Elizabeth was also a food sorter and counter. "We deliver them to the homeless because people are starving there."

Teachers say the project is more than just learning about the post office.

Lauren Baker, Second Grade teacher at Columbus Magnet said, "We intergrate it across all of the subject areas. We're doing math while we're doing this. We're reading about the post office. We're writing, we're writing letters. So we try to incorporate every aspect of our curriculum around the post office. That's why the whole community unit is really important.

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