MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Middle School teacher Rich Palmgren has asked generations sixth graders to write letters to themselves to open years later. Dear Future Me is currently a documentary about the project, and The Kelly Clarkson show featured the project, Palmgren and two current students on the talk show to speak about it.

This kind of letter allows the writer to “reflect on who you are right now, and set some goals for who you want to be,” said Palmgren in the segment. When someone opens it five or 10 years down the road, “it becomes a conversation between you and your past self,” Palmgren added.

“It's a fantastic experiment,” said host Kelly Clarkson. “I wish I would have done something like that when I was younger.”

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