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The event of the day in the Yi household is the letter. Casey Yi, a seventh-grader, and her mom Dana gather around the computer to see thefrom a writer they have never met. They laugh at the jokes he tells. They look up the chess prodigies and historical biographies he mentions. When he doesn't write, they worry. Casey is excited to write back.
She has, unexpectedly, met a new person in quarantine. And — even more unusually — they communicate exclusively in long-form writing. She "met" her pen pal, a senior citizen several times her age, through an intergenerational letter-writing program organized by literacy and writing nonprofit Austin Bat Cave.
The program matches younger students with older Austinites in the hopes of combining a potential for magic — who hasn't gotten a little thrill upon seeing a handwritten letter from a friend addressed to you? It was an offshoot of a pre-pandemic grant to Austin Bat Cave, to help it match younger students with senior citizens for in-person interviews and essays. COVID's mid-March arrival made the original program impossible; however, Syed Ali Haider, ABC's executive director, said the team still wanted to pursue a project involving intergenerational connection, and created this one, which is free for participants.
And the participants, although they started out tentatively, are largely taking to the challenge. Haider said he saw one participant writing a nine- letter. I mean, nine s is very impressive. I can't remember the last time I wrote a nine- letter. The project offers a chance to meet new people, get the latent social energy out in a pen-to-paper or, for some, fingers-to-keyboard way.
It is also one of the best ways for young writers to develop their voices — a task Haider, who has a degree in creative writing, struggled with himself. In writing to someone they've never met in real life, he said, kids may be able to find ways to put their personalities and interests on the.
For Chris Humphrey, an older Austin artist who corresponded with an art college student, the program was exciting because it reminded her that "there are people out there I can connect with. However, for Casey and her mother Dana, the most important benefit is that of making a new friend.
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