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Pen Pals Meet On Valentine's Day

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Valentine's day isn't just for lovers.

Buffalo Hill Terrace senior citizens and second graders at Edgerton Elementary school are writing each other letters, and even giving gifts.

Friday, they got to talk in person over lunch.

For four months they've been writing letters back and forth.

"My little pen pal is very interested in sports, particularly football, which I know very little, but we do talk fishing well," said Marlene Rutherford, one of the older participants in the program.

"We talk about, like on Christmas, we talked about what we liked and she gave me a present," said Brooklynn Daniels, one of the younger writers.

Over heart-shaped sandwiches and tomato soup, more than thirty kids got to chat with their pen pal.

For more than a decade, teachers at Edgerton have worked with Buffalo Hills Terrace to help build intergenerational friendships. This is the first time they've tried sending letters. Brooklynn thinks it's really helping her writing skills, especially since her teacher sometimes proofreads her words before they get dropped in the mail.

Sometimes they get more than letters.

"He came up and gave me a little hug. I was very tickled," said Rutherford.

Rutherford and Brooklynn both keep writing because they're making a new friend.

"You get to know someone new that you haven't known before, and it's a really fun thing to do at school," said Brooklynn.

They's also asking some tough questions.

"Did he have a little girlfriend, that was kind of interesting to hear. He wasn't very interested in girls yet," said Rutherford.

They plan to keep writing letters until the end of the school year, when they're planning another get together.

The teachers at Edgerton hope to keep working with the nearby senior citizens in the years to come.

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