The Weirton Fire Department was approached by Mrs. Theresa Paterra, a teacher at Wellsburg Primary School in Wellsburg, WV. Mrs. Paterra has formed a "Firefighters Pen Pal Club" in her class. Periodically throughout the year, she assigns her students writing projects that involve corresponding in "Pen Pal" fashion with members of the Fire Department via traditional "snail mail" (sorry USPS). This education tool seeks to strengthen the student's traditional writing abilities in an otherwise digital world.
Members of the fire department enjoyed receiving and writing letters to the group and anxiously await the next batch of letters which should be arriving sometime in April.
Below are the members of the 2017 FireFighters Pen Pal Club. L to R: Nevaeh, Jaylin, Wyatt, Shaylen, & Hayden
Below, Firefighter Ed Eskridge, one of the "Pen Pals" that participated in January, puts the final touches on a response letter.