I was just reading ASCD's SmartBrief and this srory caught my attention, "‘Power of the Pen’ links students with celebrities." It engages elementary students to write and the project itself was designed "as a supplement to regular classroom writing, pairing letters to people involved with topics the class is currently covering. When the class was learning about space, they wrote to astronauts Neil Armstrong and Jerry Linenger." Pretty cool eh? I especially liked this quote about it: “The purpose is for the students to see that no matter what, writing is a lifelong skill,” she said. “I want them to build more of a love for writing.” Anyone else doing something similar? If not, why don't you try it and use this forum to share what did and did not work.