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Handwriting Without Tearms

National Handwriting Day: Mail to Chief

Celebrate National Handwriting Day with Mail to the Chief! Letters of Advice from America's Children.


Many thanks to the more than 35,000 children across the country--and the world--who wrote Mail to the Chief in honor of National Handwriting Day 2009.

On March 18, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen hosted a reception for children, educators and parents from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia who participated in the campaign.

Congressman Van Hollen presented Handwriting Without Tears with an award of recognition from the United States Congress. The Congressman also arranged delivery of all the letters to the White House!

  • Watch a VIDEO of the delivery
  • View a SLIDESHOW of photos from the delivery
  • Read EXCERPTS from the letters of advice and well-wishes
  • Read & watch NEWS COVERAGE the letters received all over the country

Why handwritten letters? Handwriting is more than a style—it’s a thought process. It’s the primary way elementary students communicate. Handwriting promotes an organized approach to communication, maximizes thinking time, and boosts creativity. Use National Handwriting Day as an opportunity for your students to show their pride in their written work by writing to the new leader of our country!