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For the third year, Mrs. Granger’s freshman English class is writing and sending letters to the Juliet Club in Verona, Italy.
Thousands of letters from around the globe are mailed in every year, addressed to the fictitious Juliet Capulet from Shakespeare’s renowned play “Romeo and Juliet.” The volunteers who run the club, known as “Juliet’s Secretaries,” take care to answer each one. The secretaries can read and write in several languages so anyone is able to write in.
“They get handwritten letters back on official Letterhead,” English teacher Ashley Granger said. “Most kids start getting them within a couple of months, the rest will get them back next school year.”
“I was a secretary and I helped out Romeo,” freshman Jill Jones said. “My favorite part was giving my opinion and offering advice.”
According to Mrs. Granger, the students really seem to enjoy the project and are always eager to get letters back. Some had heard of the club prior to this year while others were just introduced to it.
“I wrote a letter to the club, it was interesting,” freshman Nick Rizo said. “I had heard of the program before but was not aware of the size and scope of it.
Sending letters to Juliet has been an ongoing tradition since the 1930’s. These letters, which have given Verona the title “The Town of Love,” continue to fill the mailbox of dear Juliet Capulet.
“I liked being able to just spill everything on paper and ask for advice,” freshmen Julia Tali said. “I’m so excited to hear a response.”