An effort to link students in Clover to those in its sister city of Larne, Northern Ireland, has come to fruition at Larne Elementary School, where students are participating in a pen pal program in several grade levels.
Rebecca Sellers, a fifth-grade assistant at Larne, coordinated the effort. Clover and York County government have established a sister city relationship with Larne. Clover’s relationship dates back to the early 1990s, while the county formed a relationship in 2002.
Using teacher contacts in Northern Ireland, Sellers set up pen pal programs in each grade level at Kinard, beginning with third grade. The students have been writing to each other about topics such as sports, restaurants, favorite school subjects and families.
One fifth-grade teacher in Northern Ireland has set up a chat room for students to communicate electronically. Larne Elementary School in Clover now boasts friendships with Olderfleet Primary School and St. MacNissi’s Primary School, both in Larne, Northern Ireland.