Students from schools across Mid Canterbury are taking part in a project to get kids writing again.
The Get NZ Writing initiative was started by Warehouse Stationary to encourage kids to put pen to paper in an age dominated by text and email.
More than 3000 classes are taking part, totalling more than 90,000 students.
One of the many local classes taking part is Tinwald School’s room nine.
As part of the project, the class has received 32 postcards and a poster with a variety of tasks to be completed.
The postcards, when laid out in order, create an image with an important message.
Each student has their own postcard which they colour the back of and write a message about themselves.
The postcards are sent, along with the poster, to another school in the country.
Room nine will be sending their work north to Marlborough School, in Auckland.
To go along with the postcards, a poster was filled out by the students, answering different questions to let their partner school know more about them.
Sections such as “the best thing about where we live” and “the best place at our school” were filled out by the students.
Teacher, Wendy Hopwood, said having a group project, where the students need to communicate and work together, is very important.
“The students have really loved filling out their postcards and it really has them focused and committed to doing some writing, which is brilliant,” she said.
Other Mid Canterbury schools involved in the initiative are Allenton School, Ashburton Intermediate, Mt Somers Springburn, Methven Primary School, Hinds School, Longbeach School and Wakanui School.
– By Jaime Pitt-MacKay