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During the first two weeks in May, first graders from Phillips Elementary School in Pittsburgh's South Side ran a mock post office to learn how the mail system works. As part of this project, they designated Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as the charity that would receive funds generated by the post office.

Each member of Ms. Andrea Harhai's first grade class learned from a local mail carrier about the jobs necessary to run a post office. The class discussed the following postal jobs: clerk, pick up, sorting, cancelling and delivery. The students rotated through the jobs so they could understand all the work that goes into sending a letter.

Stamps to benefit Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh were sold by the clerks for ten cents every morning and during lunch. Twice a day, the pick-up helpers went around the building to collect the mail in each of the teachers' "mail boxes," which were bags on their doors. Students then brought the mail back to the classroom where it was sorted and the stamps were cancelled. The mail was then delivered to classrooms throughout the school.

The post office was a great success, and students raised $200 for the Library during The Perfect Match campaign. Special thanks to Ms. Harhai and the staff and students of Phillips Elementary School for selecting the Library as the beneficiary of this great learning opportunity! Phillips Elementary School + the Library = The Perfect Match.  

Brooke Askew, Children and Teen Specialist, CLP - South Side, accepts a donation from a Phillips Elementary student representative during a school visit.
The Perfect Match Campaign Donor Wall at CLP - Main in Oakland.
The Perfect Match Campaign Donor Wall at CLP - Main in Oakland.
Young girl reading a book.