Teachers of Grades 3-5: Join The USPS Pen Pal Project

This 2021-2022 school year, the U.S. Postal Service and WeAreTeachers are proud to announce The USPS Pen Pal Project, a new, free educational program for grade 3-5 students. Twenty-five thousand U.S. third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade classes will each be matched with a partner class across the country with the goal of building friendships and understanding diverse perspectives. By participating in the program, students will improve their writing, communication, and collaboration skills.

U.S. public, charter, and private school teachers are invited to sign up to join The USPS Pen Pal Project with their students. Each class will receive The USPS Pen Pal Project kit to get started!

Yes, my class would like to join.

The USPS Pen Pal Project is open to all teachers of third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students who are enrolled in U.S. public schools or accredited private schools. Read Official Rules.

Only U.S. classrooms are eligible to join at this time.


Image of The USPS Pen Pal Kit

Inside The USPS Pen Pal Project kit, you’ll find:

A Friendly Guide to Writing a Friendly Letter! classroom poster (plus printable activities!) Class set of student stationery • The USPS Pen Pal Project stickers • Envelopes for mailing

The USPS Pen Pal Project FAQs

When will we receive our Pen Pal class match?
In late December or early January, you will receive the name and school contact information of the teacher with whom you have been matched.

When will The USPS Pen Pal Project kit arrive?
Your Pen Pal kit with teaching poster and stationery will be shipped to your school in January.

When should we send our first letters?
First pen pal letters are scheduled to be mailed in January.

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 Zoom call or Skype session between your classes!

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

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