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HANDWRITING EXPERTS SAY WRITING SKILLS ARE STILL IMPORTANT

 Peterson Directed Handwriting
 Announces National Cursive Handwriting Contest Winners


PITTSBURGH, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- It may seem ironic, but experts at Peterson Directed Handwriting, the company that sends instructors to schools around the country to teach cursive handwriting skills, say that good handwriting is more important than ever -- because of computers.

"Many educators consider handwriting instruction unnecessary because of computers," said Rand Nelson, vice president of Peterson Directed Handwriting. "But scientists have demonstrated a much more powerful role for this basic skill."

Advancements in computer technology have produced pocket-sized computers which are now available for under $500, and, according to Nelson, if you can write neatly, there is no need for you to use a keyboard. "With one of these computers, you can write your message directly on the screen and `E-mail' or fax it instantly," he said.

Peterson has been working with young people to develop handwriting skills for 87 years. To reinforce the importance of these skills, Peterson sponsors the National Cursive Handwriting Contest each year. This year's national champions from grades 3 through 8 are:
 Grade National Champion
 3 Jordan Demel, Chartiers Valley Intermediate,
 Chartiers Valley, S.D., Pittsburgh, Pa.
 4 Angelica Supansic, Laurel Point E.S., Kiski Area S.D.,
 Vandergrift, Pa.
 5 Natalie Kiro, Laurel Point E.S., Kiski Area S.D.,
 Vandergrift, Pa.
 6 Christina Varto, A.L. Wilson Elem., Albert Gallatin S.D.,
 Fairchance, Pa.
 7 Ashley Bahner, St. Hyacinth Academy, San Jacinto, Calif.
 8 Jaime Trumpane, St. Gerald School, Oak Lawn, Il.


The National Cursive Handwriting Contest is sponsored each year by Peterson Directed Handwriting, P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, PA 15601-0249. Send SASE for contest entry form and rules. Entry deadline is March 15th each year. The contests (grades 3-8) are open to all schools throughout the U.S.A.

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/CONTACT: Rand H. Nelson of Peterson Directed Handwriting, 800-541-6328, or E-mail, 73742.1174(at)CSERVE (legible writing only, please)/

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