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PaperPal: A Handwriting Correspondence Program

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Published on Feb 2, 2016

To learn more about the program or to see how your school or retirement community can participate, visit http://paperbecause.com/handwriting.

PaperPal brings together generations by creating a handwriting correspondence between elementary school students and members of retirement community. These two groups not only benefit from the relationships created through handwritten correspondence, but also from the neurological benefits of putting pen to paper. That’s because scientific studies have shown that handwriting helps develop the brains of children, and also acts as a brain exercise for aging adults. Learn more at http://paperbecause.com/handwriting.

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Few forms of communication carry more emotion than a handwritten letter. But there are also hidden benefits putting pen to paper. Handwriting has been proven to provide many cognitive benefits to the developing minds of children as well as being a useful brain exercise for aging adults. That's why Domtar created Paper Pal. A handwritten correspondence program between students and members of a retirement community. Dear Dennis. My name's Alice. I'm 8 years old. My favorite part about school is art. Dear Andrew. I love music especially done live. Do you have any pets? My family has a pet, her name is Phoebe. I'm so glad to be able to write to you. It was obvious strong bonds were created by putting pen to paper. So we thought our paper pals should finally meet in person. My name is Maya. My paper pal's name is Jerry. My name is Alissa. My paper pal is Madeline. My name is Stewart. My paper pal is Andrew. This was one of my favorite activities that we did this school year. It was amazing. It's a great experience. It's a great experience. I was so grateful that we had this program. Many of our paper pals planned to continue writing each other which means they'll both continue strengthening their memory and thought processes through handwriting. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

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