National Handwriting Day Receives Congressional Recognition

Dixon Ticonderoga Company is extremely excited to announce that National Handwriting Day may soon be congressionally recognized, thanks to a resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7)! With help from the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA), in which we have been a member of for over 40 years, the 41st anniversary of National Handwriting Day, occurring on January 23rd, 2018, will be a very special one.

Congressman Tonko will visit the second-grade class of Mrs. Grosso at Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna, New York at 1 p.m. EST on National Handwriting Day, January 23rd, 2018, to introduce the congressional resolution designating the day. The resolution recognizes the importance of handwriting for cognitive, artistic and educational benefits. Congressman Tonko will discuss with the students the importance of handwriting and his personal commitment to handwriting, as they also engage with him about their current classwork in writing lists, letters, invitations, and messages.

The congressional resolution, H.Res.654, also acknowledges John Hancock, whose birthday is on January 23rd. The resolution also emphasizes the educational benefits of handwriting for children, as well as the cognitive development and motor skills benefit. To view the complete resolution, go to

About National Handwriting Day:

Established in 1977, on the birthday of America’s most notable scribe, John Hancock, National Handwriting Day designates a day each year to acknowledge the history and importance of penmanship. Hancock was the first signature on the Declaration of Independence, and continued to contribute to the significance of handwriting. For additional information on National Handwriting Day visit

About Dixon Ticonderoga Company:

Dixon Ticonderoga Co. manufactures and markets a wide range of school supplies, writing instruments, art materials and office supplies under the Ticonderoga, Prang, Dixon, Oriole, DAS, Maimeri and LYRA brands. Headquartered in Lake Mary, Fla., the company is a subsidiary of the publicly held Milan-based Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A. (FILA). For more information, visit or