First-class learning

Class was in session for a group of Florida first-graders who recently toured their local Post Office despite schools being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

St. Mary Catholic School in Rockledge worked with Post Office employees to create a virtual event that followed social distancing guidelines while showing students how the mail works.

During a video conference with the quarantined students, employees provided a historic overview of the Postal Service and led several demonstrations on how to properly address a letter and affix correct postage, and what happens behind the scenes.

In one activity that was simplified for the young audience, employees filled Priority Mail envelopes with a coloring book and crayons for each student and dropped them in the mail slot to begin their journey. Students saw the packages be retrieved and brought to the carriers responsible for delivering them.

One student received a surprise shout-out from his letter carrier, Kerry Paradise.

“Hi, Nicholas, I’m your letter carrier and I’ll be seeing you later today to deliver your package,” she said.

The first-graders asked questions about mail delivery, including what happens if a customer leaves mail in the box but forgets to raise its flag.

The students also learned what happens before letter carriers leave the facility to begin their deliveries each day.

“We walked outside to show how carriers load their vehicles with letter trays and parcels so they could see the amount of mail they handle every day,” said Rockledge Postmaster Robert Deane. “We also focused on safety by showing another carrier putting on her seatbelt and getting ready to pull out of the driveway so she could start making her rounds.”

St. Mary Catholic School posted a recording of the event on its Facebook page, where other schools expressed interest in holding similar virtual Post Office tours.

“The event turned out to be an informative and fun experience for everyone,” said Deane.

Need info?

Several new research tools are available on the USPS Corporate Library’s Subscription Databases Blue page, including resources related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s an overview:

• Industry research. Curious to see how various U.S. industries have weathered past economic downturns? The U.S. Industry Wizard — one of the “Expert Tools” options in the IBISWorld section — allows users to compare data across industries from 2000 to today, as well as projections to 2026.

• Legal and regulatory research. LexisNexis is providing complimentary access to coronavirus-related information in several of its research databases, including State Net and Law360.

State Net tracks state and federal government activity related to the coronavirus — including pending bills, new regulations and executive orders.

Law360 tracks the latest court closures and restrictions. Access is now available to all Law360 COVID-19 articles at no charge.

• New on HeinOnline. The U.S. Congressional Documents database on HeinOnline offers full-text searching of the Congressional Record, congressional hearings, the U.S. Serial Set and reports from the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office, among others.

If you have questions about these or other library resources, send an email to reference.library@usps.gov.

For all you do

The latest Thank You for the Thank-You’s video highlights messages of gratitude that USPS customers are sharing through woodwork and drawings.

One customer’s display over three carved wooden hearts says: “Thank you, Postal workers. Stay safe!”

“U.S. Postal Workers: Thank you! For all that you do!” reads another customer’s message.

The 30-second video — the seventh installment in a series — also features a colorful drawing and thank-you note from a younger customer: “Dear Mailman, Thank you for your hard work delivering our mail.”

USPS released the video last week and shared it on its social media channels, where the organization also distributed the first six installments.

Expert advice

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Which usps.com page lists professional services providers who can assist customers with mailpiece design, printing, preparation and more?

a) Every Door Direct Mail
b) Online Direct Mail Experts
c) All of the above
d) None of the above

2. By shipping popcorn and snacks through Priority Mail, how much is Marcus Theatres generating in new revenue for USPS?

a) $185
b) $1,850
c) $18,500
d) $185,000

3. Fill in the blank: Through Premium Forwarding Service Commercial, customers can use (blank) or (blank) to temporarily forward all mail in bulk to a new domestic business address.

a) First-Class Mail, Media Mail
b) Media Mail, Priority Mail
c) Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express
d) Priority Mail Express, USPS Ground Retail

4. Where in Oklahoma have three generations of the Stokes family worked as postal employees?

a) Norman
b) Stillwater
c) Tulsa
d) Broken Arrow

5. Match the Voices of the Harlem Renaissance stamp subject in Column A with a notable fact about him or her in Column B.

Column A

a) Nella Larsen
b) Alain Locke
c) Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
d) Anne Spencer

Column B

I) First African American Rhodes scholar
II) Honed his passion for history while working on Wall Street
III) Published about 30 poems
IV) Received a Guggenheim Fellowship

Answers: 1) b. 2) d. 3) c. 4) b. 5) a. IV., b. I., c. II., d. III.