RIVER FALLS — A fifth grader’s letter to actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a school assignment received a response in the form of a signed photograph.

Clara Longsdorf wrote to Johnson — a personal hero of hers — for a friendly letter writing project. She was overwhelmed when a reply envelope arrived for her earlier this month at Rocky Branch Elementary School.

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Teacher Ben Toppel said students have been lucky most years with getting fun replies to the assignment. Students are tasked with writing five paragraphs for a formal or friendly letter, and using the appropriate author’s voice for their chosen recipient.

“Everything from grandma to the president, they send out all kinds of letters,” Toppel said.

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Examples of notable replies in recent years:

  • Sports icon Michael Jordan
  • Motorcycle racer Ryan Dungey
  • A player on the Edmonton Oilers

Students often choose to write to YouTube stars, but they never seem to respond back, Toppel added.