Over 30 students at Columbus Charter School received awards for their exemplary handwriting as part of a competition in honor of National Handwriting Day. Six students received a $5 first-place award, and twenty-six students received an honorable mention $1 prize. In addition, numerous classes and grades performed so well overall they received a collective award and ice-cream party. The handwriting competition occurred across all four campuses in The Roger Bacon Academy family of charter schools – Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport.

Kolton Lovett, a third-grade winner, exclaimed, “Handwriting is important for the people reading and understanding your work! It has been cool winning two years in a row. Some people work very hard to have nice handwriting, and I think having nice handwriting will help me be better at cursive!” Kolton’s class also received an award and ice-cream party for their excellent handwriting overall.

“Handwriting is important because when I get into college, I will do a lot of essays and writing”, said fifth-grade winner Alexia Villa. She explained, “I want to write neatly so my family, friends, and teachers can understand my writing!” Her class also received an ice-cream party and award for their astounding work.

“Handwriting is important because people need to be able to understand what you are saying”, declared fifth-grade honorable mention winner Zachary Dryden. He added, “I take pride in my work!”

Jessica Lopez, Dean of English, Latin, and History at The Roger Bacon Academy, commented, “Penmanship is the art of writing by hand and distinguishes our students from their peers at other schools.  Not only do we teach cursive, we also stress the importance of penmanship beginning in kindergarten.  This teaches our students to take pride in their work and to do their best in all endeavors, an important life lesson.  Our National Handwriting Day competition showcases our students’ handwriting and allows them the opportunity to be rewarded for their efforts.  We are very happy that in a year of many cancellations, we were able to provide this rewarding and fun competition for our students.”

Columbus Charter School is one of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Charter Day School in Leland, 1Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability, or address. To learn more or enroll online, please visit EnrollRBA.com