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Summertime “Fun Time”

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Ahhh, the summer is finally here. Looking for a low-cost, fun activity to do with your kids while school is out? Consider starting a pen pal relationship with a friend or family member. It will give your child a great way to keep in touch with a loved one who may be far away or a school friend they may not see over the summer.

Here’s how you get started. First, identify a friend or family member who is willing to serve as a pen pal. Then, create a list of topics based on your child’s interests and ask them to select one they’d like to feature in each letter. Allowing your child to pick the subject gives them a heightened sense of independence. Writing letters is also a great way to strengthen your child’s creative writing skills while providing them with an opportunity to learn about the mail system.

Then, watch the excitement in their eyes as they receive their very own piece of mail! These letters will provide a tangible memory that last far longer than a text message or email.

Here are some additional tips to enhance the pen pal experience:

Help your child select and order their favorite stamps online from the Postal Service’s™ Philatelic Catalog (you can request a hardcopy by clicking ‘join’ on; we offer a variety of options from cool Hot Rods to beautiful flowers and beloved characters like Harry Potter.

Identify your mail slot or local blue Postal Service collection box and allow your child to drop their letter into the slot/box.

Want to know how a letter gets from your mail slot/local collection box to its final destination? Check out this video to learn more about the cool trip your letter takes before delivery.

Looking for more activities to do with your kids? Visit the Postal Service’s Community Connection website today for engaging learning opportunities using postage stamps.

Happy writing!

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  1. Sara

    Hello USPS!

    First, thank you for your amazing, friendly, and professional services. We are in love with USPS and thought we would share our story with you with the hopes of doing some joint PR together.

    Our business, Dean & Grace, is offering something so new, that no one else is doing it. We sell all our items via text message. Yes… text message shopping!

    Our model is currently patent pending, and we get a flood of new members each day. The media has also shown excitement toward our idea and we received a call from a casting associate with ABC Shark Tank this week. We are excited for our future growth potential!

    Being in the technology business and being leaders in the text message shopping platform, timeliness and convenience is of utmost importance to our business. We aim to be fast, quick, and fresh. At first glance, we considered using UPS or FedEx for our packaging needs, until we became aware of how quick, reliable, and cost effective it is to mail USPS. Now we don’t use anything other!

    It’s important to us that packages arrive safe and on time to our loyal customers. We have not had one customer compliant regarding shipping, and customers love to use the shipping tracking tool to keep an eye on where their packages are.

    With USPS, we are able to use a system that makes sense for our small and growing business. As we continue to grow, we know we can easily expand and continue to get the same satisfaction and convenience!

    We’d love to work together if an opportunity arises to be an example of satisfied customers!

    Thanks greatly,
    Sara & Whitney
    Owners, Dean & Grace

  2. Gerid H Wagner

    Congratulations, your service picked up a package from Orlando, Florida with Priority Mail 2 days on Tuesday last week and delivered in Las Vegas NV on Thursday before 10AM. At costs of less then $12.00.
    I’m extremely happy USPS is capable of providing such a good service.

    Best regards
    Gerid H. Wagner

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