Thursday, 30 October 2008

Trent Pen-Pals...



Hey everyone...

Sorry for taking so long to update this blog. Have been extremely busy with my midterms (Thank God, all over!) and alot of other work.



In my university, there is this project called the 'Trent Pen-Pals'. If you're thinking it is a project where we write to our peers around the world to share experiences, well, it's not that. This project sees university students from various disciplines (but mostly education-students, I heard) are paired with elementary students from schools around the area.

So, we basically write to children!




My envelope to her.



My pen-pal is a 7 year old girl called Natalie (all other information is private lar, k?). She wrote me the cutest letter with coloured leaves, but for privacy reasons, I'm afraid I cannot show you a picture of it as it has information about her and family.

I tried to keep my reply to her as simple as possible (we have a lot of 'rules' we have to follow, like number of sentences, and yet we need to answer all the questions they ask).





She said her sister likes to bug her, so I thought oh well, I'll play along. My brother is pretty cool though. =)



This project is quite cool, huh? I think it's pretty interesting...






The drop-off box for letters...





And inside!




It's just so relaxing to write simple, plain English. I had a really nice time using my colour pencils too! My friend Eva, who helped me draw since I can't draw to save my life, was laughing the entire night as I coloured my time away.



She said this is the happiest she has seen me doing any 'school work'. Usually (while working at assignments), my face is very intent and serious, but while colouring, I had my tongue stuck out and eyebrows perked! Hahaha...




23 comments:

Puteri said...

Really cute! The idea and your letter to Natalie, la! :-)

Anonymous said...

Your awesome. Really admire you. You have been brought up well! Kudos to your parents. Keep it up girl.

Akmal said...

Hey, this is interesting! Maybe we should have this also in Malaysia, don't you think?
Aww, I wish I can read what Natalie wrote to you Daph. Must be super cute...:)

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

That's a really cool looking letter.. I am sure Natalie will be thrilled to bits!!

I know I would if I receive such a beautiful letter!! :) :)

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Hi Daphne,
Good... practice makes perfect..hihihi ;)

Your letter to Natalie's so cute. I as an 'orang tua' pun will be excited receiving letters like that... Cantik!

Clarisse Teagen said...

Oh that's so so so so cool.
I want to do that here too. :D
Maybe I could write to.. err... someone.
I'll figure it out first.

INSPIRING! :D

mott said...

That's so cool! my son too has a 'buddy' at school. A big sister (sort of). Quite a good concept..it helps him navigate his way through his school life. She helps him with reading and drawing.

It's fun, yea?!! Keep it up!

Ms B said...

Hi daph,

I'm sure natalie will be thrilled to get your card, esp when it is hand made. btw, u are not alone. I fail miserably when it comes to arts, the opposite of my daughter.

U keep well k.

whre4arthou said...

Aww.. me want letters like that too :(

Especially because its been so cold!!!! Its madness.. I don't remember last year being this cold.. I hope you're not frozen yet nai..

Well.. at least you have Crocky to keep you warm :)

Wei Chieh bought me a hot water bottle too! Supposed to be for winter but he so me freezing and he let me open it early :) hehe..

Its a white rabbit.. and we named it Goofynut.. he looks goofy

Azmi Ahmad said...

Hi Daphne! A rewarding idea worth replicating. I saw another "transformative partnership" idea from TED Once Upon A School Project

Beneficial to do both in Malaysia. Instead of condeming, everyone can do something...

Have a great month ahead :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Daphne,

I love those letter you used to spell out her name with th giraffe shape. Can I know what is it? U make it your self or you bought it?

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Everyone,

Will reply to your comments in a while lar, k? Thanks!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Puteri,

I like the whole idea of having pen-pal pairings of university students and kids too. I would never have thought it would be so much fun! ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 23:56,

Hi, and thanks for dropping by. And erm, thanks for the compliments. =)

Hi Akmal,

Yeah, I was thinking we should have the same thing in Malaysia too. It would be something which would require commitment from people though...

As for what Natalie wrote, sure lar cute. She's 7, after all =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Uncle Jimmy,

Haha...I know what you mean...I am already so old, but everytime I see all these cute stuff, I am thrilled to bits too...

Have been playing with foam letters and creatures during my free time this past two weeks, making cards and letters...Hehe...

VERY destressing, I tell ya!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Ja,

Hehe...Looks like we have a concensus then...Orang 'tua', ahem, too would be excited to receive letters like these...

*Winks*

What I don't understand is, apa macam dengan the 'practice makes perfect' thingy? *Blur*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Clarisse,

Hey, everybody's jumping on the bandwagon! That's cool! You can write to anybody ler...Write a letter to your mum or sister or friend?

Just to cheer them up...

It would be fun as well...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Ah...You're in Australia, right? Their version of the 'Kakak angkat' system?

It's cool, I think. To have someone older to help you with stuff that you're struggling with, like an older friend? I like it!

We should have more of these programs. Then maybe we won't have so many problems in society if kids and youngsters have a mentor...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ms B,

Oh yes! I got kawan...I cannot draw to save my life at all...My orang lidi, does not look like an orang lidi, and that's pathetic, to say the least ;(

Lucky Eva loves to draw and is good at it...Otherwise, little Natalie is gonna have more foam letters...;)

Muahaha!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ae Mi,

I am not frozen yet, but getting there...=(

It's Canada lar...Everybody knows it as 'cold', and pretty much nothing else...Sad nya...

As for Crocky, he is getting popular. People have been asking to borrow him! Seriously...

I adore him, by the way, so thanks again for him! As for Goofynut, I wanna meet him! See you on MSN soon, dear...

Missing you...;'(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Azmi Ahmad,

Thanks for the link. That guy talks soo quickly! But, it was very inspiring that everyone can make a difference and can insprie others to help too...

I mean, 1400 volunteers? Wow!

I would like to see this project implemented in Malaysia too. But, it's gonna need coordination, like which school writes to which school, who picks them up, how the pairing of students is done, etc...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 02:25,

Oh, I bought the letters and shapes...They're foam characters...

If you had relied on me making them, Natalie is gonna be getting an 'adult' letter! ;)

As for the giraffe shape, it was 'naked'. I merely filled in the eyes, mouth, and spots...Hehe...

Bitta said...

Hi Daphne, looks like you've settled well in Canada.

That's a great program for Social studies. My daughter have similar program, they write to pen-pal from another elementary school. And then the schools organize a "met-yr-pen-pal) trip, this year my daughter got to go to the other school to meet her pen pal.