Closing the Urban-Rural divide one letter at a time.
Very simply, American Neighbors pairs urban classrooms with rural pen pals (and visa versa!). We launched in November of 2016 and one school year later, we’ve matched over 3,000 kids.
Our program truly runs on the amazing teachers in this country — we start by matching teachers and their classrooms, and teachers then exchange emails and set their classrooms to writing, usually from thousands of miles away!
Based on the success of the first year, American Neighbors' master plan —to make American friends again — is working.
We'll be publishing a Photo book of our Pen Pal's letters next year.
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How to Get involved
Join the hundreds of other classrooms! We hand-match classrooms so your students will have the most horizon broadening pen pals.
Make America Friends Again
How'd it start?
American Neighbors project was launched a few days after the 2016 election when one of my Facebook posts went viral.
As soon as I put it up publicly, people from all around the world started tagging each other in the comments, tagging teachers they knew, sharing and commenting on the post ... and they have not stopped since.
Coming soon! SEE SOME of the kids' letters
My name is Lori
I'm a Brooklyn-based writer/director and community leader raised in rural (Sikeston) and suburban Missouri (Kirkwood) and Mississippi (Tupelo).