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Letter Writing

Students in Shelley Anderson-Ledwig’s classes at Tidehaven High School and Tidehaven Intermediate School have been studying the art of letter writing.  After learning the parts of the letter and the placement of those parts, students were assigned the task of writing a letter to a company of their choice.  No two students were allowed to write to the same company.  Some students chose to write to local businesses and some chose national or worldwide companies.  The bonus of the lesson was if the student received a response to their letter sent to the school, they earned 10 bonus points added to their semester exam grade.  The letters proved to be very difficult for the students to write as they were not allowed to mail it until they made a 99 or better on the assignment.  The students worked very hard at compelling persuasive letters with all the correct parts in the precise places.  While not every student received correspondence back, some students got an amazing surprise in the mail.  Over the years, Mrs. Ledwig has done this assignment many times.  Not all students will receive a response back.  Sometimes it is simply a letter earning them the 10 bonus points, but students have received some interesting items over the years such as a box of Carmex, a square of St. Augustine sod, cases of shaving cream, makeup samples, clothing, and food samples.  It is always entertaining to get mail with a prize inside.

This year…

  • Malorie Hansen wrote to Yeti.  Yeti sent her a letter and enclosed a new hat and some stickers as well.
  • Bethani Fink wrote to an Apple store in the Houston area.  They sent her an iPad mini with her name engraved on the back and the words Merry Christmas!
  • Robin Cheek wrote to the HEB store in Bay City.  They sent her a letter, pens, and stretchy keychain/id badge connector.
  • Zoe Winkenwerder wrote to Cinco Davant at Tropical Maniac.  Cinco sent her a letter with a koozie and several stickers.
  • Karla Moreno wrote to the Hershey factory in Pennsylvania.  They sent her a letter apologizing that they could not send her any chocolate samples through the mail.  They sent her a very colorful brochure.
  • Shamaurie Williams wrote to the Hibbet’s store in Bay City.  The manager there sent her a brand new volley ball.
  • Wesley Hajek wrote to the Disney Corporation.  With his encouraging letter, they enclosed an autographed character picture keepsake.  

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