This is the time of year that all Ethical Culture kindergarteners look forward to and one that they will remember fondly from their years at EC. The annual Kindergarten Post Office kicked off this week and will be running through the Friday spring break commences.
In the morning, students can be seen picking up mail from mailboxes (which they made) that have been placed throughout the EC building, sorting mail, and selling stamps to eager parents and teachers. Each kindergartener has a job to fulfill every day, much like mail carriers in the U.S. Postal Service, who abide by the following motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
In preparation for the three-week-long project, each kindergarten class visited a local post office. They had a chance to see many of the machines and people that keep the post office running. Upon completion of their visit, students returned to school and figured out what machines they wanted for their post office and then made them.
The students were abuzz with commentary on Monday, when this year's post office opened its doors. Among the remarks overheard: "The room was so crowded," "We collected so many pennies and quarters," and simply, "We had fun!"
For those interested in stopping by and seeing the post office, it will be in operation until Friday, March 16. Proceeds from the sale of stamps and other items will go to the Lerata School, EC's buddy school in Kenya.