Letters to Santa
December 01, 2004
My holiday project integrates high school students and first graders. For the past three years, the first grade teachers have taken their students into the computer lab to have them type letters to Santa. My high school students volunteer a few hours to help the teachers in the lab so that all students spell words correctly and get their letters saved, with minimal time waiting for help.
My advanced computer class retrieves the letters and types responses to the little ones from Santa. In a small town it works well, since the older students usually know a little about the kids and can personalize the message, mentioning a brother or sister, or the color of their house. The high school students have as much fun writing back as the elementary students do receiving the letters!