Near the end of every Optimist Club meeting, members hear about an elementary school that will receive Smiley-Mail cards for that week and the students who benefited from them the previous week. Then, at the end of the meeting, members are encouraged to create Smiley-Mail cards using construction paper, crayons, markers, and stickers with happy pictures and positive messages including “Smile!”, “Have a good day!”, and “Keep up the great work!”
After the meeting, the Smiley-Mail cards are collected and sent in an envelope with a letter to an elementary school principal in the local community. The letter informs the principal of the project and the positive impact that the club hopes to have on students at the school. The letter also asks the school principal to give the Smiley-Mail cards to a classroom or classrooms that he or she feels could benefit the most from Smiley-Mail.
The club does not expect to receive anything special in return nor start a pen-pal letter exchange program. Rather, the Optimist Club desires to give students the opportunity to feel truly appreciated and look at the bright side of everything. Ultimately, Smiley-Mail has the power to offer an optimistic outlook on life to elementary school students in a world that may not display life so positively.