Whitnall School District News

The Whitnall School District serves the communities of Hales Corners, Greenfield and Franklin and is comprised of Hales Corners Elementary, Edgerton Elementary, Whitnall Middle School and Whitnall High School.

Students Visit With, Learn From Pen Pals at Care-Age of Brookfield

Whitnall School District, Hales Corners Elementary


Students in teacher Debbie Sipola’s fourth-grade class at Hales Corners Elementary enjoyed a terrific cross-generational experience late last month when they visited their pen pals at Care-Age of Brookfield, a rehabilitation and care facility.

Students had been writing to their pen pals throughout the school year, and on May 27, they got to meet their writing mates in person. Sipola’s students visited with and interviewed their pen pals, played bingo and ate lunch with them, and organized an orchestra, piano solo and choral concert for the residents.

The oldest pen pal was 102 years old. One was a WWII veteran who showed pictures from an old photo album to his student pen pal. Each pen pal shared something special about themselves with their student. Many students will continue writing their pen pal over the summer.

“This was our first year of the pen pal program with Care-Age and we will definitely be doing it again next year,” Sipola said. “The students learned so much from their pen pals and really gained an appreciation for their generation, and the residents really seemed to enjoy our visit and the interaction with our students.”


View a photo gallery from the visit here.

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