|Swap Coordinator:||jj9jj (contact)|
|Number of people in swap:||70|
|Type:||Type 2: Flat mail|
|Last day to signup/drop:||November 13, 2009|
|Date items must be sent by:||November 18, 2009|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
The theme for the middle school I teach in is 'Around the World' this year. I ran a postcard swap over the summer through Swap-bot which was wildly successful. For the swap, participants sent a PC about where they were from to their partner and one to the school. In return they received a PC from a world neighbor and one from a student at our school. The kids (and teachers!) had such a good time reading about all sorts of wonderful places around the world and wrote back sharing a little bit about where they live.
I am hosting another PC swap, for my 8th graders this time. We have a long standing tradition at our school that in late November the 8th graders get to paint the 49 floor to ceiling windows at the ends of our buildings. It is an event the town looks forward to each year and the kids remember for a lifetime. They leave the lights on at night throughout December so everyone who drives by can admire the windows. The art teacher picks a theme each year and the students create designs to go along with that theme. We print greeting cards for the students to buy of their designs.
I am asking my Swap-bot friends to share what winter is like where you are. Tell about the winter weather, winter holidays, winter traditions, winter memories, winter activities, etc. We have a mini melting pot in our town - students of many different heritages, religions, backgrounds, experiences, etc. However, many of the kids never get a firsthand chance â€˜meetâ€™ people from other places or who have really different life experiences from theirs. For this swap you will send a postcard to your assigned Swap-bot partner, as well as sending one to the address listed below telling something about winter where you live. Ideally the postcard would show this - but I imagine most places do not print winter-specific postcards - so any postcard would be fine. It can be store bought or handmade. In return you will receive a postcard from your assigned Swap-bot partner, as well as a handwritten postcard from one of the 8th grade students at our school.
The students will be painting the windows just before Thanksgiving on Nov. 24. They will begin writing their postcards that same day and finish them the next day. They will each get to choose their favorite design from the windows they painted to use as your postcard. I will assemble the postcards the next week and get them in the mail by Dec. 5th. (For those of you who participated in the World Neighbors PC swap I hosted this fall - the turn around time will be MUCH FASTER - as I will be coordinating the writing and it WILL be done within the 2 days we have set aside for this.)
Be sure to include your mailing address on the postcard to the school. The student postcards will be sent out by the 5th of Dec. You will be receiving a postcard from a student with one of the window designs on the front and a and written message from one of our 8th graders telling you about their winter soon after that date.
Send 2 postcards - 1 to your Swap-bot partner and 1 to
Lakeside Middle School, 316 Lakeside Ave. Pompton Lakes NJ 07442 USA
The students will NOT be going on Swapbot to read about you. They will only know what you write about yourself (if anything) on the PC.
It is a relatively small school - you can just address it to the school and I will get it.
Any questions - feel free to post them here or send me a pm. Thanks for reading about this project.
PS - The pic at the top is from a few years ago - you will have to join & wait to see what this year's theme is!!
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