Peabody Sixth Grader Impresses All At The CSV Reception

At a recent reception at Harvard to honor Cambridge School Volunteers, Peabody School sixth grader Jonathan Herrera delivered a speech about his year in the NetPals program. Organized by CSV, NetPals matches all sixth graders with adult mentors at a local company, then establishes a year-long email correspondence. ELA teacher Dan Tobin has focused this year largely on the format of letter-writing, email etiquette, and the speed of digital communication.

Speaking before an audience that included Mayor Henrietta Davis, Superintendent Jeffrey Young, and Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Jonathan stole the show with his poise, delivery, and speech-writing skills. While the reception always features a student speaker, this was the first year a sixth grader was selected to deliver the address. Jonathan spoke of his relationship with Brad Wright, president of local transportation company Cambridge Systematics.

“Every week, we email a letter to our NetPal and they respond to us,” said Jonathan in his speech. “We usually write about things we did over the weekend or how our week has been going. I email my NetPal a lot about his sons wanting to have a Mohawk. I tell him that it’s a lot of work to have a Mohawk.”

Jonathan also described meeting his NetPal in person and spoke highly of the skills developed throughout the year. “I really appreciate this program a lot because it’s cool to learn about new people and it prepares you for when you really have an email online,” he told the adoring crowd. “NetPals is a lot of fun, and I strongly recommend for the coodinators to

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