Noroton preschool visits Darien Post office

Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School Pre-K students participated in a field trip to the Darien Post office on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Sally Cohen, who has been employed by the Darien Post Office for over 20 years, graciously served as the students’ tour guide.

Beginning last November, the Pre-K class has focused on creating a post office in the dramatic play area of their classroom.

Initially, the students’ interest started with the post office counter: buying and selling paper, envelopes, and stamps. Their interest then shifted to drawing pictures and writing notes to friends and family.

The Pre-K teachers set up a satellite mail drop in the school hallway where parents and siblings could write back to the students’ notes and letters. Next the teachers brought a typewriter into the classroom so the students could identify letters and words in order to type their messages.

As the students’ interest in how a post office works continued to develop, a field trip to the Darien post office was set up so the students could learn about the post office first-hand.

Sally Cohen, a veteran Darien postal employee, was the perfect person to answer all of students’ questions about the inner workings of the post office.

She gave the Pre-K students and teachers a tour of the Darien post office and showed them how mail is sorted, distributed and delivered to their homes.

At one point, Cohen even asked a few teachers and students their addresses and was then able to tell them their last names.

The students enjoyed their field trip and thanks to Cohen they were also able to also see the role that the post office plays within their local community.

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