Pens for Kids
The PCA continues to sponsor Pens for Kids (PFK) workshops at several U.S. pen shows each year. PCA President Joel Hamilton facilitated the Los Angeles Pen Show PFK session in February, 2010. PCA member Ralph Stillwell serves as a master facilitator and content expert for the workshops at the shows he attends; in 2010 Ralph not only covered the Ohio and Chicago shows, but also facilitated the two workshops at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum “Pens and the Post” event in May. PCA Board member Allan Quiat facilitated the workshop at the 2010 Dallas Pen Show.
The workshops are designed to engage the kids on their level, fostering an interest in pens and pen collecting in the next generation. The PFK workshops also stress the importance of handwriting and personal expression in communication. Each child is given a fountain pen to use during the workshop and then to take home.
In an effort to expand program outreach, the PCA is looking for member volunteers who would like to deliver the workshop at various pen shows they attend, and at local schools, libraries, and other venues where more youth can be engaged in our wonderful hobby. If you have an interest in leading PFK workshops, please contact Allan Quiat (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
The PFK workshop facilitation guide can be found at this link: Pens for Kids Facilitators Guide
Video clips of Ralph Stillwell’s workshops at the “Pens and the Post” event can be found at the following links:
The PCA is looking for a few good schools! Two high schools in each State, in fact. As an adjunct to the Pens for Kids program, PCA is gathering nominations to offer free subscriptions to the PENnant to a pair of high schools in each State. The request with each subscription will be that the recipient schools make space for the PENnant on their shelves of current periodicals. We'll send them a sample copy of the PENnant along with a letter making the offer.
This pilot program is a way to bring to high school students more knowledge of the heritage of writing instruments and the importance of the handwritten word to our culture. We have nominations for a number of schools already in about half a dozen states, but can always use more. If you have a school you'd like to nominate, let us know its name and location, and if possible a point of contact (Principal, or Head Librarian) whom the PCA may contact. Thanks
Passing on the Legacy
Pens for Children
How did Pens for Kids get started? Click here for more info.