mail to the chief

As President Barack Obama is publicly inaugurated for a second time Monday, thousands of K-5 students across the country are sending handwritten letters to the president offering advice on his second term.

The letter-writing campaign is part of the "Mail to the Chief" program, launched in 2008 by handwriting curriculum Handwriting Without Tears. The program seeks to garner student interest in government and cultivate an appreciation for written communication.

More than 35,000 students sent the newly elected president letters of ideas, advice and well wishes in 2008. This year's letters will arrive at the White House in time for the official Jan. 20 inauguration and National Handwriting Day Jan. 23.

The "Mail to the Chief" initiative continues as schools in states from North Carolina to Indiana drop cursive from required curricula. In its stead, some schools are requiring keyboard proficiency.

Forty-six states have adopted the Common Core State Standards for English, which omit handwriting from mandatory curriculum.

Below, some letters that the president will be receiving from the children participating this year:

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