January 23 is Handwriting Day, a day to get your hands on a pen or pencil and paper and practice and revive the elegant art of handwriting. Grab that journal (or paper) and start writing.
Handwriting is the act of writing by hand using an instrument such as a pen, pencil or brush. It is thought that a person's handwriting is as unique as his or her fingerprint - no two people have the same writing style or handwriting. Because of this, handwriting is often used by many forensic experts and historians to test the authenticity of documents.
Originally introduced by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977 to promote the sale of writing materials, National Handwriting Day has become an opportunity to celebrate manuscript and cursive—and remind ourselves why it’s so important for students’ literacy development!
The twenty-third of January is John Hancock’s birthday. Hancock is best known as having the first and most prominent signature on the Declaration of Independence, and signatures are often referred to as a “John Hancock” as a result. Hancock was president of the Continental Congress and his signature served to validate the final version of the document in 1776.
How to Celebrate?
Pick up a pen and write a note to a friend or family member.
Carry a notepad and a pen with you wherever you go and use them whenever you need to write anything.
Use post-its to remind yourself of tasks instead of online task reminders.
Get out your journal and start writing.
Did You Know…
Have an amazingly creative day,