Sincerely, Snailmail: Catholic Third Graders Spread Cheer

Fall is a busy time of year – and one of our most favorite. One reason for that is because of the annual “Sincerely, Snailmail” Third Grade Language Arts assessment and service project.

What it is:

Third grade students at participating Catholic elementary schools write friendly Christmas letters for Senior Citizens in the Home Instead Network.

The project includes specific lessons from the teachers about the parts of a letter and handwriting.

Students learn all about the elements to include and then complete their friendly letters by the end of November, and they become part of a gift Home Instead delivers to homebound seniors for the holidays.

Receiving the cards each year from the kids is such a highlight to the seniors. I see the cards hung on their bulletin boards in their rooms year after year. – Erin Albers, Vice President of Social Purpose for Home Instead + Honor Technology

In Catholic schools, our curriculum and instruction encourage relationship with Christ.

Faith is the reason for our existence and the foundation for everything we do and say. Catholic social teachings are central to the experience at each of our schools, and we are committed to growing students’ faith by educating them on Catholic teachings. The Sincerely Snail Mail Project is one example of many in how children participate in service learning and live mercy.


Pictured below are letter deliveries from years past.  Follow our social media for more photos from this year coming soon!










Thank you to the students and school leaders who participate in this wonderful project each year!

There are many other ways you and your family can spread cheer this Advent. Creighton University’s Online Ministries shares many Advent resources for prayers, activities and reflections for adults and children.