The big day has come at last. Owney is at your school!
If you are a participating teacher, you will receive the list of e-mail and regular postal addresses. Make sure to address Owney to the next class and send him on his way right away. This year, we do not want to slow Owney's progress or he won't make it to all 50 states and the president. Please make sure to get Owney back on his journey as soon as possible.
It would probably be a good idea to have your 50 postcards almost ready to go when you get news from about 3 states before you on the list. That way you can just add what Owney did and then send the cards off when you mail Owney. If your postcards are not quite ready, send Owney anyway. The postcards can be sent later. We do not want to slow Owney's progress or he won't make it to all 50 states and the president.
You could copy the addresses to cut up and glue to the postcards or have students divide them up and address the postcards by hand. The teachers with younger students might want to print up information about your state to glue onto the postcards. Older students might do their own research and writing. We may be copying the backs of the postcards for bulletin boards. We should all write in black ink on the postcards so it shows up on a copy.
Did you notice the following sentence recurring on these pages?
This year, we do not want to slow Owney's progress or he won't make it to all 50 states and the president.
I hope so. A year seems like such a long time. Some schools end as early as May. It's really easy to think that a day or two delay won't make a difference. If it takes Owney just one week to visit your school and make it through the postal system to the next state. . .
Let's see. . . That sounds like a math problem. . .
(1 week x 50 states)+long delay at the White House. . .
Hmmm. . . I don't know about your school, but here in California
1 school year < 52 weeks
52 week journey for Owney = disappointed students in the last states and the states that finish school in May
I have figured out an itinerary for Owney that allows 4 day from one state to the next. That's not very long. The postal service often takes longer. I have allowed for week-ends, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring breaks when classes can't mail Owney. I have tried to check for other holidays that might interfere. I've tried to cut all the slack off the schedule without shorting anyone. If Owney stays on schedule, he will be mailed to the president at the end of the year. I will try to arrange for some politician to help us get Owney to the president.
Keeping Owney on a steady pace is probably the most important part of this project. If you want to keep Owney for one extra day, please mail him overnight delivery. It will cost more, but we do not want to slow Owney's progress or he won't make it to all 50 states and the president.
OK. That's the last time I'll say it. I hope we all have fun and learn a lot.
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