On Monday, September 19, Vocational Class 11 and 12 students participated in the launch of a new penpal program that will link Jitegemee students with students at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School (CCLCS) in Massachusetts, USA.
Students identified themes they want to write and learn about from their penpals. These themes included food, culture, climate, marriage age, career aspirations, hobbies, and so much more.
In her synopsis about the program, Class 11 student, Leah, said she was very excited to be writing a letter to a student in America and that “it is the first time I’ve ever written a letter to anyone outside of Kenya.”
Students were assigned a penpal from the Grade 6 class at CCLCS, and this week spent time writing to them. Each student also had a portrait photo taken, which will be included with their letter. Lastly, students identified places in Machakos that they wanted photos taken of, and along with photographer, Fungai Tichawangana, took photos to send to CCLCS students.
The letters and photos will be delivered to CCLCS students in October when Executive Director, Verity Norman-Tichawangana, visits the school and picks up their return letters to the Jitegemee students. Meanwhile, Jitegemee students will anxiously await the return messages from their penpals.