Fourth-graders from Eastfield Global Magnet school and North Cove Elementary are forming a special bond this school year. Students from Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Putnam’s classes are practicing their cursive penmanship by writing letters to their cross-town pen pals.

Cursive writing was taken out of the state curriculum a few years ago but has since returned. The teachers decided to do pen pals to keep students interested in perfecting their cursive handwriting.

Students are more engaged and take ownership of their writing when they know someone is excited to read it and will respond.

The students enjoyed a special treat on Thursday. They met their pen pals for lunch at Mi Pueblito and exchanged letters.

Students had a great time and had lots to share about their pen pals. Addison Jones said, “My pen pal was really funny and he asked a lot of questions about me.” Ashlyn Biddix said, “I loved meeting Abigail. She made my day. I will never give up writing in cursive to her.”

The students hope to meet up again at the end of the school year for a picnic.

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