In celebration of BIC USA’s 60th anniversary, the world leader in stationery products, lighters and shavers has allocated $60,000 of an original $100,000 donation in 2018 to DonorsChoose.org to fund handwriting projects and classroom requests. This funding will reach 5,500 students nationwide, including nearly 300 K-12 students in underserved areas of South Carolina.

“According to Hanover Research, 15 minutes of daily writing promotes individuality, enhances motor skills and improves cognitive development,” said Linda Palladino, Senior Brand Manager, BIC Consumer Products USA. “At BIC, we are committed to education and serving our communities. Through our donation to DonorsChoose.org, we hope to help students in South Carolina and across the country not only be successful in the classroom but also develop writing skills that they’ll carry with them for a lifetime.”

DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit organization and crowdfunding platform that vets teacher requests and allows individuals and companies to donate directly to public school classroom projects.

Funding from BIC USA and DonorsChoose.org will help students in Aiken, Beaufort, Berkeley, Florence, Greenville, Lexington and York counties learn about the art of handwriting and develop skills to become better readers, boost their confidence and spark their creativity.

Specific projects supported in South Carolina include:

- Infinite Interventions with Galaxy Tablets!: Wallace Gregg Elementary School, Florence

- iPads and IEPs: My Students Need Both, AL Corbett Middle School, Wagener

- iPad Pro to Grow: Legacy Early College High School – Parker, Greenville

- Fine Motor Skills in a Technology World: Oakridge Elementary School, Clover

- Reading Rug: Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head

- Horton Hears a Hoss: Classroom Needs, Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center, West Columbia

- Fishing for Good Readers: Lake Murray Elementary School, Lexington

- Time to Write!: Cane Bay Elementary School, Summerville

- Boogie Boards Aren’t Just For The Beach: Gilbert Primary School, Gilbert

“Students need the proper tools to develop the critical skill of handwriting. With the increased use in technology, though, many students struggle to write legibly,” fifth-grade teacher Emily Mullinax said. “Thanks to BIC’s generous support, the primary composition books will help my students work on proper letter formation, finger spacing and our best writing.”

To learn more about BIC 60th anniversary and the handwriting projects it’s supporting, please visit www.us.bicworld.com.