I was asked to do a career day presentation for my daughter’s third grade class.
I started out with a brief explanation of our company and that we make over a billion envelopes a year. I went on to say how we bring in large rolls of paper and cut, fold, glue and print until the end result is an envelope. I showed them samples of envelopes we have made.
Each child was given a die-cut piece of colored paper that was a #10 diagonal seam envelope (before it was folded down). I asked the children to get out a glue stick and then 31 third graders and I folded down and glued an envelope together into what was in most cases, a useable envelope. I cannot begin to describe how much fun the kids had doing this and the amazement on their faces when they took this odd shaped piece of paper and turned it into an envelope.
Next, I showed them how to address the envelope to themselves. I had no idea how difficult this task would be with a bunch of third graders, but somehow we got through it. Lastly, I gave the children a stamp and I showed them where to apply it on the envelope. The kids turned their self-made envelopes into me and I told them to watch their mailbox for the next few days and that “their” envelope would show up at their house.
The rest of the year I heard back from the students and the parents about how much the kids liked the presentation and how excited everyone was when they received their own envelope in the mail. It really made me think about how nice it is to get something in the mail. Maybe next time you’re going to type a quick e-mail or text and hit send, maybe taking an extra few minutes to write your note or letter and then mail it, might just make your message have more impact or sentiment when it is received.
If you are interested in having a career day at your school and would like more information please contact: Kim Janssen at firstname.lastname@example.org