Pen pals to communicate across grades

Valerie Ferretti, Staff Writer

As part of a plan to connect students from different grades, eighth-graders will exchange letters in homeroom  all year with unknown counterparts in 10th grade.

“The 10th-grade homerooms are writing letters to their eighth-grade pen pals using code names,” sophomore homeroom teacher Jennifer Walker said. “The purpose is to make new friends and possibly serve as mentors for younger students.”

Sophomore Talin Handa appears excited to pass knowledge down to lowers grades.

“ I want to tell the eighth-graders how to survive in middle school,”  Handa said. “I want to teach the younger kids about succeeding.”

The pen pals won’t learn the identity of their partners until the end of the year.

“I really want to know who my person is so I can see what they look like,” eighth-grader Daishi P. said.

Although each mentor is a “secret”, eighth-grader Alyssa F. said she is excited by the unknown.

“I think it’s gonna be fun,” she said. “I can’t wait to get to know someone new.”

Editor’s note: Brevard Public Schools policy prohibits the use of last names of middle-schoolers on district web sites.