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Her Students Had Trouble Learning Cursive, So She Assigned Them Senior Pen Pals


So much for cursive being a lost art form! Thanks to one creative Texas teacher, a group of third-graders is more excited than ever to learn about cursive writing — and they’re learning it straight from the folks who know it best.

As Dallas News reports, teacher Karen Gunter was showing her students a copy of the Declaration of Independence when she noticed the kids struggling to read it in cursive. So Gunter got the idea to partner with Presbyterian Village North, a senior living community in Dallas.

This heartwarming partnership involves her students forming “pen pal” relationships with the seniors — with every single letter back and forth written in cursive. As anyone with cursive experience knows, no two signatures are exactly alike, and this gives the kids a unique chance to learn about different styles of writing from real writers, instead of workbooks. According to Guntner, the kids are more excited than ever to read what their pen pals have to say next.

“The kids cannot wait to get letters,” said Gunter. “They ask me most days, ‘Check the mail! Check the mail! Check the mail!'”

Watch the kiddos adorably decipher the handwritten letters for yourself in the video below:

Meanwhile, many of the seniors are similarly thrilled to get the chance to hear about the latest news from their young pals.

“I can tell he’s very bright,” Nancy Miller, one of the seniors, said of her 9-year-old writing buddy, Ahan. “He’s articulate, he’s interested in many different things, and we have a few connections.”

The students will get to meet their pen pals in person for the first time at a pizza party scheduled for next month. And who knows? Some of them may even continue to write to their new friends afterward — even though it’s not required.

It just goes to show that a personal note never goes out of style!

h/t Dallas News

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