Pen pal program connects survivor with students - Community

Pen pal program connects survivor with students

MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON | Special to Jewish News | Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:30 pm

As part of a pen pal program, a group of fourth-graders at Navajo Elementary School in Scottsdale enjoyed a one-of-a-kind experience last month – the chance to have lunch and meet with local elderly residents who they had been pen pals with throughout the semester. One of the pen pals, Dorothy Mazurek, is a Holocaust survivor who shared her life story and experiences with the children through handwritten letters and as a guest speaker in their classroom.

The pen pal program was hosted by Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, an interfaith nonprofit with strong support from the local Jewish community, and supported by a grant from the Scottsdale Charros. Sue Reckinger, volunteer services director at Duet, explained that the program matched six of Duet’s “neighbors” (the elderly or homebound people the nonprofit serves) with pen pals in three fourth-grade classes at Navajo Elementary School.

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