What costs the price of a first-class stamp, requires creative writing, and gets school-aged kids excited to do more? Writing fan mail!
My nine-year-old daughter recently decided to give it a try after one of her classmates brought some replies she had received from celebrities such as Morgan Freeman and The Plain White Tees. Not quite sure what to expect, my daughter took the idea and wrote to some of her own favorite actors and actresses, carefully handwriting personal letters to each of them. She began with an introduction which included her age, grade, and where we live. She then told the actor why she likes their work, and concluded by wishing them the best. With my help, she looked up their addresses online, addressed the envelopes and sent them off.
Just yesterday, she got her first reply. To my surprise, it was a hand-autographed photo –not something produced in bulk. It reads, “Rock on Sydney!” and is personally autographed by Robin Williams. It included a newsletter that told about what the actor had been up to lately and a bit more about past projects.
Inspired by her success, she plans on writing more letters this summer and starting a scrapbook for any replies she may receive. It’s frugal fun for pennies!