by Felicia Truman, corps member serving at Gossler Park Elementary School
The classroom buzzed with excitement the day I told the students they would get their very own Lincoln Financial pen pal. The students were excited to practice their writing skills through sending letters and, of course, to meet their very own pen pal. The students were each assigned a pen pal through one of the employees at Lincoln Financial, a fortune 500 company that focuses on four core business areas: life insurance, annuities, retirement plan services, and group protection. The students and Lincoln Financial employees write letters back and forth and occasionally are able to meet in person. So far, the pen pal program has been a great hit, the students are always asking me when they can see their pen pal again. Some have even asked me if they can send extra letters.
At City Year we are grateful for the commitment to both education and the community that Lincoln Financial has demonstrated. We wouldn’t be able to make a difference in as many children’s lives without the support of others. It’s like that old saying goes: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Without companies like Lincoln Financial, that support non-profits like City Year, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the impact we strive for. But this isn’t the only way that Lincoln Financial has contributed to supporting students, especially students in urban areas such as Manchester. For sixty years this company has worked hard towards educational equality for our students.
The employees at Lincoln Financial serve as positive role models to our students because not only do they work hard but they are also dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism and environmental impact. As a corps member, who is constantly trying to find new ways to get kids excited about writing, I am happy that this program has been successful in inspiring students to get their ideas, and feelings out on paper. I’m thankful for the support of our work in New Hampshire, the schools and the community and proud to be working together to make a difference… one pen pal at a time.