After months of writing letters back and forth, students from the elementary schools in the Windsor Central School District finally got to meet their pen pals. 

One hundred and 18 students from WCSD getting the chance to see how their older mentors live and study at Binghamton University.

This year, the writers were from different BU sororities and they got to know the young students through topics like siblings, favorite colors, school subjects and books. 

For the elementary school students this was their first in-person visit to the university since 2019 and the kids were enthusiastic about making the trip.

"It was super exciting for them. It was awesome to go through the campus tour and have them see all of the different things and also expose them to what university life is like and they were talking about, 'I might like to go here,' so it's nice to start those paths this early," said Natasha McCarthy, a second and third grade ELS teacher at CR Weeks Elementary.

The pen pal program started in the 2017-18 school year and is coordinated through BU's Center for Civic Engagement's Youth Initiative Program.