Video: The Journey of a Letter

The USPS Pen Pal Project Timeline


Your Pen Pal kit arrives
Teach the Friendly Letter lesson and share the video.
Invite your students to write their first Pen Pal letters.


Students write second letters.
February Writing Prompts: Winter hobbies, my favorite books and movies, the best part about where I live


Do a video call with your partner class.


Invite your students to write their third letters.
April Writing Prompts: My favorite thing about spring, summer plans, my family


Have your students write their final letters thanking their pen pals for a great year of fun and friendship.

The USPS Pen Pal Project FAQs

How often should my class write to their pen pals?
Each student will send a letter to their pen pal four times throughout the year. You’re welcome to do more as long as you provide your own mailing envelopes!

What are some great ways to build friendships with our partner class?
Throughout the year, we’ll be updating this site and sending out the Pen Pal Partner newsletter packed with letter-writing prompts and ideas for creating connections between your class and your partner class. A great way to start is with a video call between your classes!

What are the benefits of having students write to pen pals?
This program will help students practice writing and learn how to compose a friendly letter. They will also have the opportunity to learn from other students located in different areas of the United States, building empathy as they make connections across the country.

What if I have more questions?
Check out more Frequently Asked Questions or email for help.

Yes, I’m interested in next year’s program.

Sign-ups for this year’s program are now closed, but you can be the first to know when we open them up for next year. Simply enter your information in the form and we’ll be in touch!

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