Similar to the end of lowercase cursive Z, Ms. Trubeck said, the cursive will fade slowly.
Cursive “is still the typewriter by the way,” she said. “I think I’m like most Americans where they have a much smaller part of their lives than they did 20 years ago – for those who have enough to remember it – and it continues, with each passing day, To be a small part of their daily lives. “
At the Woodland Consolidated School, there has long been an effort to maintain the craft.
“I think our students across our country are losing the ability to sign their names,” Ms Lord said. “I always say to my students: ‘You should be proud of your name. You should be able to write it as beautifully as you can because it represents your soul, and you, and what you can achieve.’ . “
To enter the Zaner-Blosser National Handwriting Competition, which the organizers say attracts about 60,000 participants each year, all students must write two sentences. One that says what they like about handwriting, and one that includes every letter of the alphabet: “The sharp brown fox jumps on a lazy dog.”
The competition, which has been running for 30 years, is organized by Zener-Blosser, a company that produces educational materials and traces its roots to Ohio. Kalamkari College Established in 1888. A panel of external judges, including current and former teachers, evaluates the presentations, and two occupational therapists, Nicolas Maxim, select the winners.
The winning students take home an engraved trophy, a $ 500 check and a $ 1,000 voucher for their schools. (Teachers get a certificate.)
Allison and Christian were not the first students of the Woodland Consolidated School to be recognized for their cursive skills. In 2011, seventh graders at the school won the National Award for their grades, according to The Bangor Daily News. And in 2017, another seventh grader was a semifinalist in the handwriting contest, according to District, A center for Maine news outlets.
“Everyone loves to teach handwriting courses,” Ms. St. Peter said. “It is important that they can read the historical documents that are in the cursive, and when they are asked to sign the form they can make their own signatures.”