Thursday, November 7, 2013
Moncks Corner Postmaster Kimberly Williams enjoyed giving dozens of students a tour of her workplace last week.
“Who likes to get something in the mailbox?” Williams asked, as students raised their hands.
Williams told the youngsters that receiving a letter is more special than an email.
She led Whitesville Elementary School first graders through a grand tour of the Moncks Corner Post Office on Oct. 17.
Williams said the writing skills students learn when composing actual letters can lead to a good career path at the post office and in other fields.
Technology allows the post office to deliver letters across the country in two to three days now as opposed to the two to three weeks it used to take, she said.
Most of the youngsters nodded or said yes when asked if they had been to the post office before. Students were able to meet some of the clerks inside the facility as Williams explained how the postal system works, that stamps cost 46 cents, and pictures on stamps are of cultural and historical value.
There are 40 different stamps to choose from and special designs do not cost extra, Williams said.
Students were then led outside for an up-close look at a mail delivery truck. Students made their own stamps in school and these were set to be displayed at the post office later this week.
The first, second and third place winners will be submitted to the district office in Columbia and could potentially become real stamps, according to Williams.
“When Washington decides what stamps to make each year they take community input,” Williams said. “We may have future stamp designers in this group of kids.
“Stamp design is a postal job. We have engineers, graphic designers and administrators. There’s a lot of opportunity there.”