Saturday, January 28, 2023

Lafayette County’s First County-Wide Pen Pal Program Begins This Summer

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council in Oxford, MS announced that they will be hosting a county wide pen pal program this summer. This event, called Howdy Neighbor, will be a free program for all ages that encourages storytelling, handwriting, and literacy through letter writing.
penpalHowdy Neighbor will evolve in three phases. The first phase is from May 1st through 31st where residents of Lafayette County will be asked to sign up online at for their free letter in the mail. Names, mailing addresses and ages are required to complete this stage. Second, the YAC will ask for volunteers to help write letters between June 1st to June 15th. Residents can chose to write one letter or 100. Finally the completed letters will be mailed to every resident who signed up in May, by the end of June.
“We want to encourage neighbors meeting neighbors, but also spread that joy of receiving letters in the mail. In an age where we see more pictures of people’s food and hear less of their stories, we hope Howdy Neighbor brings back that charm of pen pals and letter writing,” says Stacey Sanford Americorps VISTA member with the Arts Council.
For more information please contact Americorps VISTA member Stacey Sanford at the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council at 662-236-6429 or by email at
About the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
The YAC is a nonprofit arts organization in Oxford, Mississippi housed inside the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Founded in 1975 the YAC remains committed to a diverse offering of artistic and cultural opportunities.
To learn more about Stuck on Art or the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, please contact Stacey Sanford, Outreach and Education Coordinator and Americorps VISTA member at 413 S. 14th Street, PO Box 544, Oxford, MS 38655 or by calling 662.236.6429 or email