By John Anderson

Melody Sanchez and ELA teacher Joyce Bylund stand behind some of the materials sent by the White House. ©2016 John R. Anderson

Melody Sanchez and ELA teacher Joyce Bylund stand behind some of the materials sent by the White House. ©2016 John R. Anderson

 

Each school year, Grade 5 ELA teacher Joyce Bylund asks her students to write to an inspiring person. One of the goals is to learn the business letter format and the other is to get a response. On March 25, 2016, Melody Ann Sanchez mailed a letter to Barack and Michelle Obama at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC after to using the internet to get the correct address of the White House.

Since March, Melody graduated from Swanson Road Intermediate School and is now in grade 6 at Auburn Middle School. When she was called down to the office last Thursday, she was a little surprised. She is not the type of student that frequents the Principal’s office. An envelope from the White House awaited her after being brought over from SWIS where it was delivered by the post office. Inside was a response from the President along with photographs and other information. Melody told Auburn Mass Daily, “I was really surprised.”

In the early afternoon, SWIS Principal Susan Lopez, Guidance Counselor Jamie Nikopoulos and Joyce Bylund travelled to AMS to share in Melody’s excitement. Bylund told Melody, “Your voice comes through so clear in your letter.” Nikopoulus added, “She’s a very creative kid and it came out in her writing.”

Melody asked a lot of questions in her letter, and while not all were answered in the President’s response, this was still an exciting moment for everyone. Both her letter and the White House response will be available on the Swanson Road Intermediate School web page.

Melody started in Auburn Public Schools in grade 4 at Julia Bancroft after moving to town with her twin sister Ella and parents Mark and Suzanne. Three schools in three years is a lot to handle, but Melody seems to be taking it all in stride. She currently participates in the Math Club at AMS and she hopes to one day become a grade 4 math teacher and a singer. She was very inspired by Miss Harkins during her time at JB.