Children First: "Wee Deliver" offers lesson in literacy - KOTA Territory News

Children First: "Wee Deliver" offers lesson in literacy


Brenden Matt considers himself a pretty good writer. And, it sounds like he may be an even better big brother.  "I'm asking her if anybody else can count to 100, and um, if she's doing good in school, and if anybody is being mean to here, and if she's making new friends."
At nine years old, Brenden prefers using a pencil over using a computer to write because he only knows the home keys. That's music to the ears of Literacy Paraprofessional Sara Tuchscher.  "When you write a formal letter, 'I' has to be capitalized, you have to use punctuation, you have to use capital letters, indentation, and when you get into the workplace or out into the real world, you have to be able to do thing that aren't just shorthand, not just texting."
The 'real world' application of letter-writing used through the "Wee Deliver" program at Rapid Valley Elementary School is why Tuchscher thinks the students like it.  "It's more meaningful if they know this is something they're going to use over and over again."
"Wee Deliver" is an inter-school mail service that has been in place at the school for the last 18 years. A student can write to any student in the school at any grade level.
"They can actually see how your handwriting is," said Brenden.
"His sister will have the opportunity to respond and write and they're at different writing levels," said Tuchscher. "They get to communicate in their own level of writing."
Tuchscher explained how the program is rewarding in more ways than one.  "Getting a piece of mail, even for these kids, is like opening a present on Christmas day. A letter can be very powerful."
The hope is that the students will carry the letter-writing lessons through the computer age.

50 to 200 letters are circulated at the school every week.  Rapid Valley even has 'official' postmasters to deliver each letter.

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