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Holiday Letter Writing

Throughout the school year, your students have been learning and practicing many kinds of writing. It’s been an exciting journey for them, as they have explored different ways of expressing their thoughts, feelings, and observations in writing. Letter writing is a great way for your students to continue to develop a love of writing, as well as having fun practicing their handwriting skills.

During the upcoming holiday season, consider assigning a letter writing handwriting activity. Have your students write a holiday letter to a pen pal. This person could be

  • a relative or friend who lives in another city.
  • a senior citizen in a local nursing care facility.
  • a child receiving long-term care at a children’s medical center.
  • a member of the military serving a tour of duty in another country.

It could even be a classmate or child in the student’s neighborhood.

To add to the fun, have your students work in groups to create mailboxes for collecting the letters.

For more ideas and information about sending letters to the troops, visit

If there is no children’s medical center in your community to submit your students’ letters, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital welcomes letters and cards sent to the children receiving care at the facility. You may send them to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



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