Sepia Saturday - President's Birthdays

Where I grew up the local elementary school had an older two story, eight classroom building as part of it's campus. It was called the Spaulding School built in the early 1900's and named after one of the town's benefactors. When I was in the 2nd grade my classroom was on the 2nd floor. I felt very grown up going up what seemed those huge flights of stairs.

In every classroom, as with most older school buildings in America, hung the portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of America's most noted presidents. The two portraits you see here hung in the very front of the classroom over the chalk boards. They were there for us to see when we recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning.

Abraham Lincoln's birthday is February 12th, George Washington's birthday is February 22. It was around this time of year I remember doing a fun activity just before February vacation. We would trace and cut out the profiles of both presidents on construction paper. This was in conjunction with a history lesson on both men. We then would post cut out profiles in the giant windows of our classroom.

These two presidents birthdays are no longer celebrated separately. All presidents are now honored at once on the 3rd Monday of February.

Perhaps many of you remember these portraits in your classrooms?

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