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Cursive Writing Connects Seniors With Elementary School Students

Cursive Writing Connects Seniors With Elementary School Students


THE SHOES ABOUT HALF A CENTURY AGO. WAY TO GO, MR. ROGERS. A HANDWRITING LESSON IS CONNECTING TWO GENERATIONS. A GROUP OF CHILDREN AND SENIOR CITIZENS ARE SHOWING US HOW CURSIVE IS CREATING NEW FRIENDSHIPS. THERE MRS. COX, I WAS SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU. Reporter: THROUGH EVERY LETTER THEY RECEIVED — DEAR PEN PAL. MY NAME IS WYATT, AND I’M IN THE THIRD GRADE. Reporter: SENIORS IN DALLAS ARE BECOMING FAST FRIENDS WITH A GROUP OF KIDS THEY’VE NEVER MET BEFORE. KIDS YOUNG ENOUGH TO BE THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO GO TO OUR MAILBOX AND GET THE LETTER. Reporter: OVER AT GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL, THE THIRD GRADERS IN MISS GUNTHER’S CLASS ARE MAKING THOROUGH THOSE LETTERS KEEP COMING. I PLAN TO GO WITH A FRIEND TO EXPERIENCE THE CHANGING TREE COLORS. Reporter: THE IDEA BEHIND THESE STUDENTS BECOMING PEN PALS WITH SENIORS CAME FROM A NEED FOR THE CHILDREN TO LEARN TO READ AND WRITE IN CURSIVE. IT JUST HELPS YOU LEARN. Reporter: CURSIVE IS BECOMING A LOST ART. HOWEVER, LEARNING TO MASTER IT IS SOMETHING THEIR TEACHER SAID IS PROVING EXTREMELY VALUABLE. THEIR LETTER WRITING IS OUTSTANDING NOW. ANYWAY, IT’S HAD LOTS OF BEST. Reporter: IN THE LETTERS THEY CHANGE, THEY — EXCHANGE, THEY MOSTLY TALK ABOUT SCHOOL AND THEIR HOBBIES. SOMETIMES THEY EVEN TELL JOKES. WHAT IS ORANGE FROM THE OUTSIDE AND JUICE FROM THE INSIDE? Reporter: AND WITH EVERY SMILE THEY DRAW, THEY ANXIOUSLY AWAIT A REPLAY. IT’S FUN. AND WHEN YOU GET THE RESPONSES, YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER PERSON’S PENMANSHIP. THAT IS INCREDIBLE! THEIR PENMANSHIP IS PRETTY AWESOME. BETTER THAN MINE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, KIDS. THAT’S AWESOME STUFF. THE PEN PALS HAVE NEVER MET IN PERSON BEFORE EVER, BUT THEY DO

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