Fifth-graders at Burning Tree Elementary in Bethesda, Maryland, send The Washington Post’s Dennis Drabelle this letter in response to an April roundup of books written on the Titanic.
“You stated that the Titanic hit the iceberg on April 15, 1912,” reads the letter, which of course was written on extra-large classroom paper. “Based on our research, the Titanic hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.”
Although dated April 16, the letter was sent in early July. Post editor Ron Charles called it “adorable” and tweeted a photo of it. “Most of the correction letters begin with some kind of irate statement, ‘Isn’t anyone reading the paper over there?’ This was a nice change of pace.”
Drabelle responded and spoke with the class on the phone: “I said something like, ‘It’s pleasant to be corrected by such diligent and friendly students.’” He and Charles told Poynter that while the letter calls for no correction, they plan on fixing the error.
Full letter here:
April 16, 2012
Dear Mr. Drabelle,
We are fifth grade students at Burning Tree ES in Besthesda, Maryland and we have been studying the Titanic’s tragic sinking and the lives of some of the survivors. In your April 15, 2012 edition of The Washington Post, you stated that the Titanic hit the iceberg on April 15, 1912. Based on our research, the Titanic hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.
Mrs. Reed’s fifth grade class