I have had the great good luck to be hired for second grade in the fall and am very excited. I want to start off in the fall by doing pen pals with another second grade class, hopefully in an area very different from our own. Our school is one town over from Santa Cruz, California, minutes from the ocean. Anyone out there interested? I will have 20 students and we begin school on August 27th. I am hoping to start corresponding within a few days of then. Also: anybody have any ideas about adapting the Jules Verne story Around the World in 80 Days for a thematic unit on world cultures. Many thanks in advance to all of you.