Pen pals bridge the generations


By Barb Arland-Fye

Students at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton write letters to their pen pals, Sisters of St. Francis.

CLINTON — Fifth-grade teacher Allison Schultz feels privileged to witness relationships blossoming in a pen pal program between her 10 students at Prince of Peace Catholic School and Sisters of St. Francis.
For the past three years Schultz has paired students and Sisters of the Clinton-based Order of St. Francis to correspond with one another during the academic year. How often the pen pals write is up to them. “It depends on if they have questions to respond to,” explains fifth-grader Evan Hessing. Teresa Blair likes responding to the Sisters’ questions and seeing what they like to do in their spare time. “You get to learn how Sisters live their lives because (their lives) are so different from our lives,” observes Nathan Moeller.
Sister Paschal Hocum, OSF, was tickled to receive a handmade Valentine from her pen pal, Lauren Wisor. The fifth-grader thanked Sister for responding when she is able and hoped that she would continue to feel better. Since being hospitalized in December and undergoing surgery in January, Sr. Hocum said she has received several nice notes from Lauren.

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