January 28, 2005: Headlines: COS - The Gambia: World Wise Schools: Tribune Georgian: The fourth-graders in Carrie Tabor's class at Mary Lee Clark Elementary got a special delivery from the other side of the world on Jan. 10. They received the first letters from their new pen pals in the rural village of Tumana in the west African country of Gambia - and they were pretty excited about it.

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Gambia: Peace Corps The Gambia : The Peace Corps in the Gambia: January 28, 2005: Headlines: COS - The Gambia: World Wise Schools: Tribune Georgian: The fourth-graders in Carrie Tabor's class at Mary Lee Clark Elementary got a special delivery from the other side of the world on Jan. 10. They received the first letters from their new pen pals in the rural village of Tumana in the west African country of Gambia - and they were pretty excited about it.

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The fourth-graders in Carrie Tabor's class at Mary Lee Clark Elementary got a special delivery from the other side of the world on Jan. 10. They received the first letters from their new pen pals in the rural village of Tumana in the west African country of Gambia - and they were pretty excited about it.

The fourth-graders in Carrie Tabor's class at Mary Lee Clark Elementary got a special delivery from the other side of the world on Jan. 10. They received the first letters from their new pen pals in the rural village of Tumana in the west African country of Gambia - and they were pretty excited about it.

The fourth-graders in Carrie Tabor's class at Mary Lee Clark Elementary got a special delivery from the other side of the world on Jan. 10. They received the first letters from their new pen pals in the rural village of Tumana in the west African country of Gambia - and they were pretty excited about it.

Special Delivery from Africa

Caption: FOURTH-GRADER KATIE Fendley shows off the crayon drawing she received from her pen pal in West Africa.

The fourth-graders in Carrie Tabor's class at Mary Lee Clark Elementary got a special delivery from the other side of the world on Jan. 10. They received the first letters from their new pen pals in the rural village of Tumana in the west African country of Gambia - and they were pretty excited about it.

Last Fall, the kids began a pen pal relationship with the African children. The writing project got its start thorough Tabor's cousin, Daniel Bouchard, who is working as a Peace Corps volunteer in the village. Bouchard was helping create a playground and library at the village school where he teaches. And as one thing often leads to another, Tabor's students decided they wanted to help by contributing books to the library project, so they held a book drive to sent them a lot of books.

In November, Tabor's students wrote letters to the students in Tumana, telling them about themselves and what life is like in southeast Georgia. Tabor said that it was a great exercise in writing as the children were especially motivated to make their letters extra polished.

Then the African students at Sanunding Lower Basic School sent the St. Marys kids personal reply letters and also included colorful drawings of what their country in like. The project is continuing throughout the year. Both schools are exchanging photos of their schools and school activities, too. Tabor has posted the pictures they received from Gambia in her classroom.

"This is such a neat project and the kids really love it," Tabor commented. "It is motivating for them. It is teaching them a lot about written communication and about the world."





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