Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Teens Find Stamp Collecting Fun

Arizona's TriValley Central website reports, "Maybe it was the tiny images on the face of the stamps or the way they felt in the children’s hands, but minutes after bags of canceled postal stamps were dumped on their library tables, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were absorbed in the search for five stamps that each child could take home or use to start a stamp collection."

Retired teacher Bill Glass and his wife, Jo, a retired substitute teacher, were at Villago Middle School the week of Feb. 14 introducing students to the world of stamp collecting.

Bill is quoted in the piece by Susan Randall as saying, "Collecting stamps makes learning fun. It helps improve grades because it teaches students how to 'go the extra mile.' It allows students to share their interests and promotes leadership when they do. It also can turn students into experts in their field, and if they want to compete, they can win awards."

Villago media center Director Karen Ronnerud said she was surprised by the number of children who have come to the library looking for stamps and now are looking for books on stamps.

One student said, “I’m sure glad I came to the stamp program, because I’m going to collect stamps. It’s sure going to be a lot more fun than those video games.”

Shown above, A student sorts through canceled postage stamps.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM