Believe in the Power of a Single Hand-Written Letter

PR: Students and staff from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Temple Hill Academy once again participated in a letter writing initiative as part of Macy's "Believe" campaign to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For every letter received, Macy's donated one dollar to the organization which focuses on granting wishes to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Temple Hill Academy students from kindergarten through sixth grade participated in this worthwhile community service.

Participating Temple Hill Academy Students

As part of the learning opportunity, Temple Hill Academy sixth grade students recently completed reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and were able to experience helping others at this time of year through their understanding of charitable actions. Fifth grade bilingual students in Hilda Galvez's class wrote essays on their "Wish for Humanity" to accompany their letters. All students were given an authentic experience in letter writing as well as reflecting on wants, needs, and what is truly important to them.

Representatives from Temple Hill Academy delivered over 650 letters to a local Macy's store. The letters from Temple Hill Academy students varied in content including: holiday wish-lists, for community problems to be solved, jobs for the unemployed, peace, healing from illnesses, and a variety of other topics. Macy's website reports that the company surpassed their goal of one million letters. In the past 2 years, through this letter writing campaign, Temple Hill Academy students have been responsible for over $1,500 being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Caption: Pictured, Temple Hill Academy students from Hilda Galvez's fifth grade bilingual class and Josephine Byrne's ESL students with a handful of letters and essays for the Macy’s “Believe” campaign.

by Kerry Butrick

Kerry Butrick is the Community Relations Specialist for the Newburgh Enlarged City School