Fifth grade class surprised when nation responds to letters

The sent letters to all 50 states never thinking they'd actually get a response. (Nov. 10, 2016)

Fifth graders at Sacramento's Frontier Elementary have sent letters all over the country as part of a United States states project, and they're astounded by the responses.

Jennifer Schmidt has been teaching for 17 years. She started her 5th grade pen-pal project five years ago.

"My principal asked me and my partner teacher to come up with a project that helped the kids learn about their states more than just doing a state report," Schmidt said.

Each of the 32 students in the class write one letter per week. Students are split up into several groups that are assigned to five states each.

Schmidt has help from her retired father, Mark Stampfli, 67. He helps look over the envelopes and mail them out.

“I get to watch how early and we’re early in it, the envelopes are a little messy, some of the writing is a little messy and sometimes they forget their name," Stampfli said.

Students write letters to elected officials, sports teams, universities, and museums. Students say they were surprised by the responses.

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