About 120 pen pals from Sedgefield Elementary and Park Road Montessori Elementary (first, second and third-graders) met face-to-face for the first time Wednesday at Queens University.
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The pen pal program is part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Schoolmates program, said Yaviri Escalera, a CMS spokeswoman.
The two schools started the pen pal program six years ago to encourage diverse friendships: Sedgefield is a Title I school, and Park Road Montessori is a magnet school.
Nijel Cook, a Sedgefield third-grader, said he was friends with his pen pal before they met. "He is really into Harry Potter books, so I started reading them," he said. "I had a pen pal last year too and after we met, we started hanging out. We tell people we are cousins."