United States Postal Service Officer In Charge Debra Gornik introduces “The Great Thank You Note Project” offering FREE thank you note cards and envelopes to educators, scout troop leaders and youth groups. To participate in the project contact USPS customer relations at 239-573-9638.
Just in time for those holiday thank you’s to grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. OIC Gornik shares these tips:
Writing thank you notes is a great activity to do with a child. Regardless of the reason for the note, you have the opportunity to spend some time together encouraging writing, and the child will learn an important etiquette skill that will serve him or her for a lifetime.
Receiving thank you notes makes people feel good and lets them know that the gift arrived safely and is appreciated.
The sooner the better! Get those notes written as soon as possible. But don’t be embarrassed by a note sent a bit late, even a month after the gift was received. It’s far better to senda late note than no note at all.
Make thank you notes fun! Spend a few minutes talking about the gift and what made it special. Have age appropriate materials on hand to get the child interested in the project; markers, fun pens, stickers, stamps etc.
If you have a camera, take a picture of the child and the gift, include the photo with the thank you note.
For children who are not able to write themselves, have them dictate what they want you to write. Don’t try to polish off too many notes in one sitting. When you sense the child is losing interest, it’s time to take a break.
Demonstrate the proper way to address an envelope. All capital letters is suggested for the destination address, return address in the upper left hand corner and don’t forget the postage stamp in the upper right hand corner! Remember that children of all ages love to put the stamp on and place the letter in the mailbox!