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8th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest Adds Additional Prizes for Pandemic-Friendly Participation in Both the US and Canada

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Cursive is Cool® contest will be held as usual this year after encouragement from teachers, parents and students, announced the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation today, despite some schools in the USA and Canada operating remotely, or using a hybrid model with in-person learning.

Modifications this year allow more students to participate who might not have teacher support as in the past.

Students are encouraged to enter early. Random drawings of entries received throughout the contest will be eligible for prizes. Winners of random drawings are eligible for the Grand Prize. Those winners' handwriting will be reviewed for legibility and neatness. One Grand Prize per grade 1 through 6 will be awarded.

"Every year our judges look forward to reading entries because kids' points of view are not only entertaining but also often enlightening," remarked Lauren Mooney Bear, Campaign for Cursive Chair.

The annual cursive contest has many supporters. In Canada they include Laywine's and Zebra Pen (Canada). A new supporter this year is Blind Pig Press. For the USA contest, supporters continue to grow, with Amsterdam Printing, Cursive Logic, Dixon Ticonderoga, Fahrney's Pens, Itoya, Louise Borden Author, Monkey Magnets, New American Cursive, PEN World, Sakura and Writing Academy. New this year are Caran D'ache and Colombia City Ninja School.

According to Sheila Lowe, President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, "The good news from an informal survey indicates that more than half the states require at least some cursive writing training in public schools. Legislation is spending in six more. Only ten states have zero requirement to teach their students to write."

USA and French Canadian contest dates are January 23 through April 30, 2021.

English Canadian contest runs from January 23 through March 12, 2021.

For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear: mooneybear@live.com.

Learn more at: http://www.cursiveiscool.com/

"You don't have to be the best writer this year
To win a prize that will bring you cheer.
Entering is the main thing to do
To win a prize to be sent to you!"

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit organization, chartered and incorporated in California, and are the sponsors of Campaign for Cursive(r). Learn more at: http://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

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Seventh Annual Cursive is Cool Handwriting Contest Kicks Off on January 23 – Open to Students in USA and Canada

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- For some it is a "secret code," for others it is simply cursive handwriting. The annual Cursive is Cool(R) contests kick off on National Handwriting Day, celebrated around the world on Jan. 23 each year in honor of John Hancock's birthday, the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation announced today.

Legend has it that Hancock, known for his large and showy signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, made his signature extra-large so "King George can see it without his spectacles."

Campaign for Cursive(R) offers three contests: one in the USA and two in Canada (one for English writers, one for French). Students in Grades 1 - 6 have the chance to test their cursive skills and their creativity in answering one of the questions presented. The deadline for the USA contest is March 15; Canada contest in English has a March 13 deadline, and the Canada contest in French has a March 20 deadline.

Supporters of the contest include the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, Amsterdam Printing, Cursive Logic, Fahrney's Pens, Monkey Magnets, New American Cursive Penmanship, Pelikan, and PEN World. New this year for the USA contest is Itoya. Additionally, in Canada the contest has support from Laywine's, and new supporter Zebra Pen Company. Winners of the contests will receive medals, certificates, fun new writing instruments, workbooks, and accessories.

Sheila Lowe, President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF), is encouraged to see the contest continue and stated, "Happily, by our count, 25 states in the USA now have requirements to teach cursive, with others producing legislation to do the same. Our organization is proud to have helped."

"Our international contests are ways for students to proudly showcase their achievement of mastering the alphabet in cursive. Kids tell us over and over how much they love writing in cursive," remarked Gayna Scott, Chair of Campaign for Cursive(R). "To them it could be their 'secret code,' the thrill of being able to sign their own name or enjoying how the pencils dances across the paper. The judges look forward to what precious thoughts they will come up with this year."



More information:
For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear, Organizer of this year's contest at mooneybear19@gmail.com.

Website: http://www.cursiveiscool.com/.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampaignForCursive/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Campaign4Cursiv

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campaign4cursive/

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit business organization, chartered and incorporated in California. Dedicated to the advancement of the handwriting sciences, AHAF promotes education for handwriting examiners at all levels of expertise and from all schools of thought, and are the sponsors of Campaign for Cursive(R). Information: http://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

MEDIA ONLY CONTACT:
Sheila Lowe
President, AHAF
+1-805-341-7833
sheila@sheilalowe.com

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Cursive is Cool Handwriting Contest Launches in USA and Canada on National Handwriting Day 2019

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The annual Cursive is Cool(R) contests for 2019, under the auspices of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, will launch on National Handwriting Day, celebrated around the world on Jan. 23 each year. Cursive writing continues to enjoy increased appreciation in the United States and around the world. Scientific studies reveal the benefits of writing by hand to positively impact motor skills, cognitive development and improved learning outcomes such as better recall and retention for young learners.

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation organizes the annual Campaign for Cursive(R) contest in the USA and Canada. January 23 is the date associated with the birth of John Hancock. Legend has it that Hancock, known for his large and showy signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, purposely enlarged his signature so "King George can see it without his spectacles."

Campaign for Cursive(R) offers three contests: one in the USA and two in Canada (one for English writers, one for French). Grade 1-6 students have the chance to test their cursive skills as well as their creativity in answering one of the posed questions.

The deadline for all the contests this year is March 8, 2019.

A page with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been placed on the website to help parents and students as they get ready to write their entries. Entries for each contest are submitted in different ways and full information can be found on the Cursive is Cool(R) website.

Winners of the contests will receive medals, certificates, fun new writing instruments, and accessories. Supporters of the contest include the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, Amsterdam Printing, CursiveLogic, Fahrney's Pens, Laywine's, New American Cursive Penmanship, Pelikan, PEN World, Retro51, Sakura, and Staedtler. The contest has two new supporters this year: Bittner Pens and Monkey Magnets.

Contest judges are handwriting specialists, handwriting analysts and educators. Entries will be scored for neatness, legibility, consistency and creativity. Winners will be notified 3 to 5 weeks after the close of the contest and posted to the organization's website and social media channels.

"We're anticipating more entries this year and have 18 handwriting specialists lined up to judge from coast to coast," stated Gayna Scott, Chair of the Campaign for Cursive(R) committee. "The quality of the writing continues to improve which is very positive. We love the enthusiasm from teachers and parents encouraging participation."

For more information, please contact Gayna Scott, Chair of Campaign for Cursive(R) at gayna@comcast.net.

More information: https://www.campaignforcursive.com/.

https://www.campaignforcursive.com/2019-cursive-contest-forms.html

Twitter: @AHAFpr @Campaign4Cursiv #cursiveiscool #NationalHandwritingDay

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit business organization, chartered and incorporated in California. Dedicated to the advancement of the handwriting sciences, AHAF promotes education for handwriting examiners at all levels of expertise and from all schools of thought. Information: https://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

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Cursive is Cool Handwriting Contest Launches on 41st Anniversary of National Handwriting Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Cursive writing continues to enjoy increasing appreciation in the United States and around the world, and the annual Cursive is Cool(R) contests for 2018 are launching on the 41st anniversary of National Handwriting Day, celebrated around the world on Jan. 23 each year. Presented by the Campaign for Cursive(R), a committee of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, the date is associated with the birth of John Hancock.

Legend has it that Hancock, known for his large and showy signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, purposely enlarged his signature so "King George can see it without his spectacles."

Due to the increasing popularity of the cursive contests, a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page has been created to help parents and students as they get ready to write their entries. Entries for each contest are different: in the USA, entries must be emailed this year to make the process more efficient.

Campaign for Cursive(R) offers three contests: one in the U.S. and in two in Canada (one for English writers, one for French). Grade 1-6 students have the chance to test their cursive skills. Both contests have a deadline of March 4, 2018.

Winners of the contests will receive fun new writing instruments, workbooks, learning methods and accessories. Supporters of the contest include the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, Amsterdam Printing, Cursive Logic, Dixon Ticonderoga, Eeboo, Fahrney's Pens, Fundanoodle, Laywine's, New American Cursive Penmanship, Pelikan, PEN World, Sakura, Staedtler, and ThinkBoard. A new sponsor this year is specialty pen manufacturer Retro 51.

Contest judges are handwriting specialists and educators. Entries will be scored for legibility plus quality. Awards will be given for most creative answers as well. Winners will be notified in April and posted to the organization's social media channels.

"We love hearing from the kids about why they like to write in cursive, we get some amazingly creative entries," said Gayna Scott, Campaign for Cursive(R) chair. "Having our kids learn this lifelong skill is worth the 15 minutes a day to learn modern cursive. Research indicates that there are cognitive benefits for our children to learn cursive. Technology is important, too, one skill does not replace the other. So, have your kids enter the contest and tell us why they like to write in cursive, we think you will learn something too!"

For more information, please contact Gayna Scott, Chair of Campaign for Cursive(R) at gayna@comcast.net.

More information:
http://www.cursiveiscool.com/.

https://www.campaignforcursive.com/2018-cursive-contest-forms.html

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit business organization, chartered and incorporated in California. Dedicated to the advancement of the handwriting sciences, AHAF promotes education for handwriting examiners at all levels of expertise and from all schools of thought. For more information, visit: https://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

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Campaign for Cursive Launches Annual Cursive Writing Contest in USA and Canada with March Deadlines

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The annual Cursive is Cool(R) contests are presented by the Campaign for Cursive(R), a committee of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF) on National Handwriting Day. Each year, National Handwriting Day is celebrated on Jan. 23, the date associated with the birth of John Hancock.

Following National Handwriting Day, National Handwriting Week is celebrated around the world. Legend has it that Hancock, known for his large and showy signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, purposely enlarged his signature so "King George can see it without his spectacles."

Campaign for Cursive(R) offers three contests: In the U.S. and in Canada (one for English writers, one for French). Grade 1-6 students have the chance to test their cursive skills. The Canada contest opened on January 11 with a deadline of March 3 and the USA contest deadline is March 17, 2017.

Exciting new writing instruments, workbooks, learning methods and accessories will be awarded to winners. Supporters of the contest include Amsterdam Printing, CursiveLogic, eeBoo, Dixon Ticonderoga, Domtar, Fahrney's Pens, Laywine's, New American Cursive Penmanship, PaperPal, Pelikan, PEN World, Staedtler, and ThinkBoard.

Contest judges are handwriting specialists and educators. Entries will be scored for legibility plus quality. Awards will be given for most creative answers. Winners will be notified in April and posted to the organization's social media channels.

Theresa Ortega, Communications Chair for AHAF, says the social media channels get a lot of traffic: "People across the globe were amazed at the entries we received last year. It's wonderful to see positive comments on social media about the great work these students are doing. The cognitive benefits of learning cursive make for a perfect partner to today's technology as children go on to higher education or enter the workforce."

"Last year entries we received entries from 13 states and this year we hope to increase the reach across the country. We love hearing from the kids about why they like to write in cursive," said Gayna Scott, Campaign for Cursive(R) chair. "Having our kids learn this lifelong skill is worth the 15 minutes a day to learn modern cursive. Research indicates that there are benefits for our children to learn cursive. Technology is important, too, one skill does not replace the other. So, have your kids enter the contest and tell us why they like to write in cursive, we think you will learn something too!"

For more information, please contact Gayna Scott, Chair of Campaign for Cursive(R) at gayna@comcast.net.

More information:
http://www.cursiveiscool.com/.

http://www.ahafhandwriting.org/sites/default/pdf/white-paper.pdf.

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit business organization, chartered and incorporated in California. Dedicated to the advancement of the handwriting sciences, AHAF promotes education for handwriting examiners at all levels of expertise and from all schools of thought. Information: http://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

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