Organizers kick off cursive contest


A Rome school district cursive writing contest is underway for the sixth consecutive year.

The contest, for third- and fourth-grade students in the district’s seven elementary schools, will involve writing a descriptive essay in cursive about “your favorite book and why it is your favorite book,” according to a district announcement. Students will write about their favorite book and how it has made an impact on them.

Essays are to be no less than 50 words, and on one 8.5-by-11-inch ruled paper, the district said. The district uses the Zaner-Bloser handwriting method.

The contest is through April 8. Essay entries will be judged by President/Publisher of the Rome Daily Sentinel, Stephen B. Waters. Cash prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place plus honorable mention.

Monetary prizes are being donated by Patricia Riedel, former Board of Education president; former Board of Education member Mary Davis; community member Ann Meisenhelder; and Parent Teacher Groups from each elementary school.

Riedel conceived the contest six years ago, and has expressed concern about the decline of cursive writing in schools nationally. Supporters of cursive writing have cited its importance as an overall tool in learning, and its importance such as in signing a name on documents.


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