To the letter

Postal worker takes letter from child at retail counter

An educational publisher, an Illinois library and a local Post Office came together this summer to promote literacy through letter writing.

The Eureka Public Library’s summer reading program encouraged young readers to become writers by sending letters of encouragement to teachers, grandparents, veterans, nursing home residents or long-distance friends.

The kids were encouraged to use templates provided by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, which works with the Postal Service to promote letter writing for schoolchildren.

The Eureka effort led to an increase of 380 new readers, encouraged letter exchanges and taught children critical language skills during a challenging summer.

“They were stuck at home and we had to come up with ways to engage them. I wrote notes for each reader. We mailed activity sheets and craft items. Mailing things was easy for us,” said Angela Roberts, the library’s youth services manager.

The Eureka Post Office, part of Great Lakes Area’s Central Illinois District, participated in the program by teaching the youngsters how to properly address an envelope, buy and use stamps, and mail cards and letters.

“Using the Post Office at a young age gives children a sense of how we help connect people,” said Eureka Postmaster Brian Shirey.

Added Retail Associate Richard Craft: “It’s great that children learn how to communicate with others with just a stamp. It can take you pretty far across our country.”

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Delivering for the nation

USPS has released a television commercial that celebrates the organization’s employees and their commitment to serving customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 30-second spot — Certainty 2,” a follow-up to a commercial that debuted in the spring — shows real-life employees working to make deliveries happen.

“We live in uncertain times,” the narrator says. “However, there is one thing you can be certain of: the men and women of the United States Postal Service. We are here to deliver your cards, packages and prescriptions, and also deliver the peace of mind knowing that what’s important to you — like your ballot — is on its way. Every day, all across America, we deliver for you. And we always will.”

“Certainty 2” debuted Sept. 3.

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Last chance

USPS employees who haven’t completed the Postal Pulse employee survey must do so before Friday, Sept. 4, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The survey, which began last month, is a tool to help the Postal Service become a better place to work.

It takes about five minutes to complete the survey, which has 14 questions and a comment box where employees can offer feedback in their own words.

This year’s Postal Pulse features a new question that asks employees if they recently had a one-on-one conversation with their immediate supervisor to discuss their workplace needs.

Bargaining-unit employees received the survey at their homes and workplaces, while non-bargaining employees received an email that allows them to complete the survey on a secure site run by Gallup, the organization that conducts the Postal Pulse.

Additionally, all employees can take the survey on LiteBlue.

Although employees have several options to complete the survey, only the first survey received by Gallup for each employee will be counted. Gallup doesn’t share individual employees’ survey responses with USPS.

The Employee Engagement LiteBlue page has more information.

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Partnership for Growth Award

The Postal Service has honored Poshmark with its prestigious Partnership for Growth Award.

Poshmark, a social commerce platform for retailers and shoppers, uses technology to help people build thriving retail businesses.

In a statement last week, the Postal Service said the company “embodies forward-thinking, innovative solutions and has made significant achievements to excel in the industry. Poshmark has successfully worked with the Postal Service to enhance the value of what USPS delivers every day — mail and packages.”

The Postmaster General and executive leadership team personally select the winner of the Partnership for Growth Award, which is usually presented at the National Postal Forum (NPF).

This year’s award was presented to Poshmark during NPF’s recent summer webinar series, which USPS used to honor several other business customers.

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Good, clean work

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

1. Approximately how many custodians belong to the Postal Service workforce?

a) 137
b) 1,370
c) 13,700
d) 137,000

2. True or false: USPS employees shouldn’t create and post their own posters related to face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic.

a) True
b) False

3. Fill in the blank: To allow sufficient time for voters to receive, complete and return ballots via the mail, USPS strongly recommends that voters request ballots at the earliest point allowable, but no later than (blank) prior to the election date.

a) 10 days
b) 15 days
c) 20 days
d) 30 days

4. When was the 19th Amendment added to the Constitution?

a) Aug. 19, 1920
b) Aug. 22, 1920
c) Aug. 26, 1920
d) None of the above

5. Match the employee in Column A with the estimated value of the sales lead he or she submitted to USPS in Column B.

Column A

a) Dallas Letter Carrier Kathy Brown
b) Lake Highlands Station Manager Emiliano Chapa (Dallas)
c) College Point, NY, Retail Associate Brandy Kellerman
d) Delafield, WI, Postmaster Joe Rohan

Column B

I) $1.14 million
II) $1.4 million
III) $1.9 million
IV) $2.08 million

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

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