STOCKTON, Calif., May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Campaign for Cursive™ (www.campaignforcursive.com), a grassroots, all-volunteer movement, has announced the results of the third annual nationwide Cursive is Cool™ handwriting contest. Inspiring a renewed interest in handwriting in the digitally addicted children of today, the contest was designed to bring public recognition and awareness to the importance of handwriting in brain development.
"We love running this contest. It gets kids thinking about why they really like learning and writing in cursive. The encouragement from the teachers and parents is wonderful and gratifying. It's clear they want to see this important lifelong skill stay alive," says Gayna Scott, chair for Campaign for Cursive™.
The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, parent organization for the Campaign for Cursive™, had an overwhelming response of hundreds of entries all across the United States as well as Canada. Children in 18 schools across 13 states submitted entries detailing why they think cursive is cool. Winners received a certificate, ribbon and gifts from the contests' generous sponsors – Amsterdam Printing, Fahrney's Pens, Think Board, Pen World, Boogie Board, YAFA, Pelikan, Cursive Logic, eeboo and New American Cursive Penmanship. A total of 54 awards were presented including 11 creative awards and 7 outstanding teachers/principals. Special awards went to the following: Outstanding Creative Class, Christopher Albrecht's fourth grade class at the Fred W. Hill public school in Brockport, NY; Outstanding Principal, Sandy Nielsen the vice principal of Villages Charter Elementary School in Villages, Florida; and Outstanding Teacher, DeeDee Chang, Linda Turano, Susan Tamul, Cristina Castellano-McCumber and Kathleen Price from St Mary's Catholic School in Mansfield, MA.
"We believe that handwriting should always have a focus in the classroom and that is why we felt passionate about joining forces with the Campaign for Cursive™," according to Director of Product Development at Amsterdam Printing, David Casciotti.
Highlights from some of the children's entries include: "I think children should learn cursive because it represents yourself in a professional manner… just remember to Keep Calm and Cursive On!" wrote Jason in fourth grade in Brockport, NY. Another fourth grader Liam in Denver, Co wrote "The reason I like cursive is because I had messy print, then I discovered cursive. I finally felt dignity in what was being written on my papers." For a complete list of winners visit www.campaignforcursive.com.
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SOURCE Campaign for Cursive