Kirk Day School Receives Top Honors in
2014 National Handwriting Contest

Two Kirk Day School students received recognition for exemplary handwriting in the 2014 National Handwriting Contest sponsored by Zaner-Bloser.  Out of a national pool of more than 300,000 entries, nine of those students now hold the Grand National Grade-Level Champion title, representing their grade level for the very best in handwriting.

This is the first-time in Kirk Day School’s history that a student has won this prestigious Grand National honor. Anna Grace Likes, a 3rd grader, was awarded a trophy and a $1,000 check for having the best handwriting out of all of the 3rd graders in the contest nationally. Her teacher, Julie Schaffner, received an all-expense paid trip to the International Reading Conference in New Orleans, LA.

“We’re thrilled about this opportunity to honor students who put their hard work and dedication into handwriting and to recognize the educators who teach this foundational skill,” said Bob Page, president of Zaner-Bloser.

Josie Christen, a 6th grader at Kirk Day School, was selected as the State Grade Level Winner.  Josie’s handwriting was recognized as the best of all 6th graders in private schools in the state of Missouri.  She was awarded a medallion and Kirk Day School received a Zaner-Bloser coupon for materials.

“We feel it is very important that our students are taught handwriting and are able to do it well. So, we couldn’t be any more excited for Anna Grace and Josie, and are so proud of their accomplishments,” said Sue Pitzer, Head of Kirk Day School.
Several news agencies including PBS and the Higher Education Channel were present to record this monumental event.  Students at Kirk Day School have certainly learned that the attention to detail and hard work required to excel in the skill of handwriting really does pay off!