Douglass Academy Award Winning Handwriting!

Students at Douglass Academy received awards for their exemplary handwriting as part of a competition in honor of National Handwriting Day. Three students received a $5 first-place award, and three students received an honorable mention $1 prize. In addition, fourth grade performed so well overall they received a collective award and ice-cream party. The handwriting competition occurred across all four campuses in The Roger Bacon Academy family of charter schools – Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport.

“Handwriting is important to me because I want to make my school, mom, and my dad happy!”, declared second-grade student Gabrielle Hall. She added, “I love Douglass Academy because I have really nice teachers and a nice Headmaster!”

Wyatt Brauer, a fifth-grade winner, commented, “I put a lot of thought into handwriting, and I love Douglass Academy! I am really thankful to have excellent penmanship!”

“I love Douglass Academy because I get to help my teachers! I get rewarded with treats when I do a good job, like my handwriting!”, exclaimed kindergarten honorable mention winner Khaled Munroe.   

Jessica Lopez, Dean of English, Latin, and History at The Roger Bacon Academy, commented, “Penmanship is the art of writing by hand and distinguishes our students from their peers at other schools.  Not only do we teach cursive, we also stress the importance of penmanship beginning in kindergarten. This teaches our students to take pride in their work and to do their best in all endeavors, an important life lesson.  Our National Handwriting Day competition showcases our students’ handwriting and allows them the opportunity to be rewarded for their efforts.  We are very happy that in a year of many cancellations, we were able to provide this rewarding and fun competition for our students.”

Douglass Academy is one of four public charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability, or address. To learn more or enroll online, please visit

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