Mr. O’ Meara has a friend who teaches in Lenox Elementary School in New York. He arranged for us to be penpals with their class.

We wrote our first letters to them in September and we posted them on October 5th. ( It took over a week for them to receive them!!)

Their teacher didn’t tell them about us until they received our letters so they were very excited!!

We have agreed to read the same class novels so we can discuss them in our letters. We have read ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’, ‘Bud Not Buddy’ and ‘ The One and Only Ivan’ so far!

We love writing to our pen-pals, it’s so much fun! First we write our 1st draft, Mr O’ Meara corrects it, we edit it and write our 2nd draft. Once we are happy with our letter we write the final draft on fancy paper and decorate our envelopes. We send all the letters together in a large envelope.

We have learnt a lot about the cultural differences between the children in Lenox Elementary and Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf.

One of the coolest things that happened is that we explained to them what the “Late Late Toy Show” is and their teacher found it online and they got to watch it at school!!!!

We got to explore their school and town on google maps and they looked at Collooney, Markree Castle, Strandhill and more.

We are planning a zoom call with them soon but they are 5 hours behind us so when we talk, we will be getting ready to go home and they will just be starting their school day!!!

We posted our letters in the Post Office.