Class acts

Joshua Davis usually spends each June delivering congratulatory cards to new high school graduates, but this year, things are a little different.

Because so many graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic — including the ceremony for Davis’s own son — the Jackson, MI, letter carrier decided to write letters of encouragement to almost a dozen graduates on his route.

“Though they won’t have the memories of going to the prom, a graduation ceremony or saying goodbye to friends they’ve known since first grade, I want them to not be deterred from finding some happiness in this whole thing,” said Davis, who signed each note with “your mailman, Josh.”

Davis is one of several Postal Service employees who are doing their part to celebrate the class of 2020.

Joshua Crowell, a Concord, NH, rural carrier, bought $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards with his own money and delivered them to new graduates on his route, along with handwritten notes celebrating their achievement.

Meanwhile, Carlos Rodriguez, a Guaynabo, PR, letter carrier, was among front-line workers who delivered commencement addresses that NPR broadcast last week in a special series.

Rodriguez, who has worked through several major storms that affected the island, told graduates that four words — resilience, commitment, kindness and balance — represent the “pillars of life” that have helped him through trying situations.

“In Puerto Rico, we have a phrase that unites the whole island to stand together against any adversity: ‘Puerto Rico se levanta.’ Puerto Rico will rise,” Rodriguez said. “To you, I say: El mundo se levanta. The world will rise. You are here because you, too, have seen trying times and endured them. You are capable and can take on your next challenge.”

Humor us

Father’s Day is this weekend, and what better way for Postal Service employees to mark the occasion than with some mail-themed dad jokes?

Here are a few of our favorites:

• What travels around the world but stays in one corner? A stamp.

• What has more letters than the alphabet? A Post Office.

• What starts with “e,” ends with “e” and only contains one letter? An envelope.

• Why are Postal Service employees innovative? Because they know how to push the envelope.

• What’s a letter carrier’s favorite herb? Parcel-y.

• Why would trees be excellent mail carriers? Because they’re always on root.

• Why did the doctor call the Post Office? He needed help delivering a baby.

Hey, we told you these were dad jokes.

If you’re a dad, try these out on your family — or share them with a dad in your life. Just remember: Mail jokes don’t need much setup … it’s all in the delivery.

Long-term care insurance

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar on long-term care insurance and retirement planning.

The session, “Making Long-Term Care Part of Your Retirement Planning,” will be held Thursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. EDT.

The administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) will conduct the webinar, which will explore the realities of long term-care, family caregiving and funding options such as Medicaid.

The presentation will also include a thorough review of FLTCIP benefits and features, including costs.

Lisa Roussel, a long-term care program expert, will review FLTCIP eligibility requirements and the application process. She will also discuss online resources to assist eligible employees and qualified relatives in navigating and exploring program options.

There will be a live Q&A session following the event, which FLTCIP enrollees are encouraged to attend.

Participants must register before the session on the webinar website. After signing up, directions will be emailed to each registrant.

Participation is voluntary. Non-exempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

USPS employees can also participate in a series of webinars on the Thrift Savings Plan throughout June.

To learn more about FLTCIP, go to LTCFeds.com or call 800-582-3337.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.

Notes worthy

The latest Thank You for the Thank-You’s video highlights more heartfelt messages from customers expressing gratitude to the Postal Service during the coronavirus pandemic.

One handwritten note reads: “To Frank and all mail carriers, thank you for delivering our mail during this difficult time. We appreciate it very much!”

Elsewhere, a childlike drawing of a USPS vehicle adorns this message: “Thank you postal workers! Stay safe.”

The 30-second video is the 10th installment in a series.

The Postal Service released the video last week and shared it on its social media channels, where the organization also distributed the previous nine installments.

Give it up

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

1. When is the deadline to contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign’s special solicitation for charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic?

a) June 30
b) July 1
c) July 15
d) July 31

2. Fill in the blanks: During fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019), USPS delivered (blank) pieces of mail to (blank) addresses.

a) 14.2 million, 16 billion
b) 142.6 million, 160 billion
c) 14.2 billion, 16 million
d) 142.6 billion, 160 million

3. Who served as incident commander for the Postal Service’s COVID-19 Response Command?

a) Joshua Colin, acting processing and maintenance operations vice president
b) Mark Guilfoil, supply management vice president
c) Kristin Seaver, chief information officer
d) Simon Storey, employee resource management vice president

4. True or false: The CyberSafe at USPS team encourages employees to incorporate their pets’ names into their passwords.

a) True
b) False

5. When was New York City’s system of underground pneumatic tubes last used to move mail?

a) 1953
b) 1973
c) 1993
d) 2003

Answers: 1) a. 2) d. 3) c. 4) b. 5) a.