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BHESA students participate in â€˜Great Mail Raceâ€™
Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts fifth-grade students are participating in â€œThe Great Mail Race.â€
â€œWe are so excited and think it is an exceptional opportunity to share and communicate with other fifth graders around the United States,â€ said Robin Pettit, the schoolâ€™s computer technology instructor. â€œA fifth-grade classroom from New York invited us to participate in this idea, and we were thrilled to accept.â€
The concept is to fill out a simple questionnaire about the studentsâ€™ school. The questions are basic and include such things as the schoolâ€™s population, the local climate, school hours and the arts. â€œThey also asked about our favorite subjects here at Benton Heights School of the Arts.â€ Pettit said.
After the questionnaire is completed, the students go to the computer lab and write a letter on the computer, using the questionnaire as a guideline. With assistance of the teacher, the students can pick any state but North Carolina.
Students choose a fifth-grade class in their chosen state and send their letter. The class that receives that studentâ€™s letter will also receive the instructions as to how to pass on the letter to another class in another state. Those students will also send a response back to BHES.
â€œThe students are not only sharing information about our school, but are also able to learn about students and schools in other states,â€ Pettit said. â€œThis also allows the students to improve their computer knowledge, keyboarding and writing skills.â€
Written by: Robin Pettit, BHES Computer Technology Instructor
Posted: Jan 25, 2012 by Robin Pettit