Greenfield Public Schools

Greenfield school seeking pen pals

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is seeking adult pen pals from the community to exchange letters with fourth- through seventh-graders this spring.

The school’s 92 students and their volunteer pen pals will read “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick and send letters back-and-forth discussing the book. Students and pen pals will meet in person toward the end of the school year to watch “Hugo,” the 2011 movie based on the fanciful children’s book based on the true story of turn-of-the-century French pioneer filmmaker.

It’s the fifth straight year the school department has hosted the program, though this will be the first time it’s expanded beyond just sixth grade. Teachers have praised the program for improving students’ writing skills and strengthening their ties to the community.

Students and community volunteers will be paired in early April and will exchange letters of introduction before the school’s April vacation week. After vacation, students and volunteers will begin reading the book and write three letters discussing it through the month of May.

The Greenfield School Department has purchased 30 copies of the book for students to share in classes and the Greenfield Public Library will provide books through the regional library system to the remaining students and their pen pals.

For more information or to sign up, contact Marianne Harcourt, the Greenfield district volunteer coordinator, by Monday. She can reached at 413-772-1316 or via email at

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