Pen Pals Program

The CREST Enrichment Partnership has coordinated pen pal exchanges between schools in the districts served by CREST since 1985.  We anticipate 1,500 students to enroll in the 2016-17 Pen Pal program.

Teachers, we want to help you improve the writing skills of your students while helping to foster friendship and understanding between our diverse communities.Our role is to help you find another class for your students to write and to provide encouragement for your kids to keep writing. The match is done on a classroom-to-classroom basis.

The commitment is for your students to write at least four letters to your pen pals during the school year. The exchange is open to teachers, grades K-8 in Andover, Methuen and participating schools in Lawrence, Haverhill, and North Andover.


We are currently seeking match classrooms for the following:





Please contact Kristen Hollenbeck at or 978-946-1121 to sign up!