Students Show Off Excellent Handwriting!

Over 70 students at Charter Day School received awards for their exemplary handwriting as part of a competition in honor of National Handwriting Day. Twenty-five students received a $5 first-place award, and forty-nine 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.

“I work hard on my handwriting so that when we have a test my handwriting is good!”, said Jaxon Maditz, a Charter Day School first-grade student who won the $5 prize. His entire class also received an award and ice-cream party.

Isabella Applewhite, a fifth-grade $5 prize winner, added, “I really love Charter Day School because everything we learn is used and added to each year. They go further in-depth year after year!” 

“Cursive is important because our Founders used it and it’s cool that we get to use something from our country’s past!”, expounded seventh-grade winner Sydney Baum.

“I have given up print almost entirely because I appreciate cursive so much!”, exclaimed eighth-grade winner, Michael Seville. He continued, “Even in math class I use cursive because it is faster and more efficient as opposed to print. Overall, I really like how this school uses cursive and other classical curriculum ideals on a regular basis!” The handwriting across all middle school students was so excellent that every grade received an award and ice-cream party.

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.”

Charter Day 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 Douglass Academy in Wilmington, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport with a combined enrollment of over 2,500 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free charter schools that welcome all students regardless of income, ability, or address. Each school offers five-day classes for either on-campus or on-line students. To learn more or enroll online, please visit

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