Words Across the World!
The words have arrived from our pen pals in Malawi! (I say “our” because I have a pen pal, too.) Thousands of Austin area students in 160 classrooms have read Laugh with the Moon, and now they are corresponding with kids in Malawi about how their lives are similar and different. BookPeople, Random House, World Altering Medicine and yours truly are all collaborating to run this program. Here I am sorting hundreds of letters, so they can get sent to the right schools in Texas.
Of course, with all that sorting to do, I couldn’t help but peek at a bunch of the letters. In his letter, a Malawian student named Dominic tells a fabulous folktale about an elephant and a hippo. Another student named Paul describes the history of his country and why Malawi is known as “the warm heart of Africa.” And Shallon talks about how her chores include feeding the chickens, washing clothes and cleaning plates. Click here to read some of these wonderful pen pal letters for yourself!
I can’t wait meet some of our Austin participants at the Wrap-Up Party on Saturday, May 3rd at BookPeople. Each of our 40 participating schools will be sending two ambassadors. We will call our Malawi pen pals, and Skype with a doctor from World Altering Medicine!