GALVESTON A pen pal project originally set up to improve writing skills and promote cultural exchanges between fifth graders in Kenya and Galveston has led to new friendships and a gift program for students and staff.

We were thrilled and grateful to receive such beautiful handmade gifts from Kenya, the project s founder Linda Ercole-Musso. The pen pal project links students at Galveston s Ambassadors Preparatory Academy and St. Philips School Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya.

The first round of pen pal letters left Nairobi in May of 2011 and were answered the following October by students at Ambassadors. Since then two more rounds of letters have been exchanged. The most popular topics: sports, food, hobbies and African wildlife.

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