Sunday, January 20, 2013

Postcard Party

Day 339
I receive an email from a friend that her daughter needs postcards sent to her classroom.  We haven’t seen them in an age but I’ve always had a soft spot for her little girl.   

My boys and my friend’s daughter O. met as toddlers when they all attended a quaint one-room school called The Growing Room.  “She’s the nicest girl in school,” F. once shared.  “She never hits anyone.”  For a preschooler, there’s no higher praise.

Who wouldn’t want to help a girl who never resorts to slugging it out? 

O.’s class is in a race with other grades to see who gets the most mail.  The winning class’s prize is a coveted uniform-free day and pizza party.  The school will make a charitable donation for every postcard with an out-of-state postmark. 

We can’t do much about the out-of-state (except spread the word) but we can certainly do our share with mail baring an Ohio postmark.  I stop by the post office and pick up a handful of prepaid blank postcards.

The boys and I decide on kindness quotes and neatly write the words in simple block letters.

“One kind word can warm three winter months,” I read.  “That’s my favorite.”  I pull out our art bucket and the boys pretty them up with pictures.   

Here’s my attempt: more scary than smiley. 

I. does better.  He’s all about mice since receiving one from Santa. 

Art skills aside, they’re in the mail.  We'll keep you posted!   

What would you write to a class of fourth graders?  Postcards (no envelopes, please) may be sent to:

Jon Paris (O. Lum)

CHCA Elementary School

11312 Snider Road

Cincinnati, Ohio. 45249


  1. So sweet! I love your random acts of kindness. Makes me want to share the happy with people around me, too :)

    1. We are having such a great year. Can't wait to see what year two brings!

  2. I would write, "Every bully needs a friend". Stopping by from SITS.


    1. LOVE that! I've been working on a book aimed at Middle School readers tentatively titled The Bully Antidote. The main character uses random acts of kindness to change her school. Once we hit Day 365, I'm going to start posting chapters here. Thanks for visiting from SITS!

  3. This is sweet. I'm not sure what I'd right, probably something like "AIR HUG" since it was a post card...cheesy, I know:) Thanks for visiting me today. I loved the cupcake idea!

  4. Bullie are actually more insecure than the victum they pick on.
    Found you from SITS!

  5. Popped in from SITS. That's so sweet! :) I love this idea and the entire concept behind your blog.

  6. What a fun class project. I'm a big postcard collector, so I nearly salivated at that word. My daughter's school did this as a sort of geography lesson. Definitely fun.

    I live in Ohio, too, so won't send one from here. But I'm going to Brussels in two weeks. Would a postcard from Belgium work?

    1. Oh! I wonder how many bonus points they get for out of country cards! So jealous, have a fabulous trip. I can't wait to read about your adventures!