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June 17, 2014

Rowley postmaster opens office for learning

ROWLEY — Rowley’s new postmaster, Carrie Cutillo, is forging new friendships with a local kindergarten class by opening up the doors to the post office as a learning tool.

Cutillo, who came to Rowley in February as the officer-in-charge or acting postmaster, has been working with the kindergarten class from Parker River Community Preschool at 181 Main St. for the last couple of months, teaching them about the postal service.

Jessie Vogel, lead teacher at the school, explained how their program seeks to interactively expand the children’s knowledge with hands-on learning, and one regular part of this has been weekly trips to the Rowley library.

“The kids wanted to start a post office in our classroom to send letters to each other as part of our literacy studies, so one day we stopped in the post office on our trip back to school,” Vogel said. “Carrie was very welcoming and offered to come into our classroom to help us figure out how to incorporate a post office in it.”

Since that time, Cutillo has visited the classroom, bringing supplies to assist in the post office set-up, and the students have had a guided “behind-the-scenes” tour of the post office. Most recently, they visited the post office for a closer look at the mail truck to learn all about its functions.

“Safety is very important to the Rowley post office and the Postal Service altogether, so these are the things I stressed during the kids’ visits,” said Cutillo, noting that in explaining safety around the postal vehicle, she told the kids not to run out to the mail truck when they see it, but to wave at it.

At the post office, Cutillo, who has worked for the Postal Service for 15 years, manages nine employees and oversees 2,340 deliveries every day as well as 324 post office boxes. Cutillo said her plans for the Rowley community are to help when needed and make sure her office can be trusted to do the right thing.

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