Presidents' Day | JOY for Today
President's Day began as a day to honor George Washington but now is commonly extended to all presidents. While celebrating presidents may not sound JOYful to you, consider where we'd be without someone to govern our country, to fight for our freedoms. On a personal level, spend time today thinking about who you lead, the JOY you find in it, and how you can grow to be better at it.
|President's Day picture by Circe Denyer at Public Domain Pictures.|
- Did You Know...
- Wolfe Stew Connects
- Bible Verses and President Quotes
- Activity Suggestions (for families, classrooms, or individuals)
Did You Know:
- Joe Biden is our 46th President? Head to WhiteHouse.gov to see a picture and read a biography of each of our 46 presidents.
- Presidents' Day started after George Washington's death? Of course, then (1880), it was an annual day of remembrance of George Washington on his birthday (February 22nd). But eventually it expanded to include all presidents.
- The top three most popular presidents are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and John F. Kennedy in that order? Find where your favorite ranks at YouGovAmerica.
- More Republican than Democrat presidents have held office? According to United States Now, as of 2013 the count was 18 Republicans to 14 Democrats. Accounting for the last two presidents, the count is now 19 Republicans and 15 Democrats.
- The oldest president to serve is Joe Biden and the youngest was Theodore Roosevelt? Find out more about the age of presidents when they were sworn in, and the impact age had on their presidency at Stacker.
Wolfe Stew Connects
We'd Love to Know:
What does President's Day mean to you?
Bible Verses and Quotes to Inspire
- "In whatever you do, don't let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves." Philippians 2:3 ERV
- "But in addition, you should choose some capable men and appoint them as leaders of the people: leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They must be God-fearing men who can be trusted and who cannot be bribed." Exodus 18:21 GNT
- "If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others." Matthew 20:26 CEV
- "Don't just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always. When God's children are in need, you be the one to help them out." Romans 12:9-13 TLB
- "Don't shepherd by ruling over those entrusted to your care, but become examples to the flock." I Peter 5:3 CEB
- "The object of love is to serve, not to win." - Woodrow Wilson
- "Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer." - Ronald Reagan
- "To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do." - John Adams
- "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams
- "If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month." - Theodore Roosevelt
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote you would put on your vision board.
- Sort and clean coins with Evan Moor. After the activity, discuss why these president's faces are on our coins and why each is an important leader. Use these biographies from Ducksters.com as a reference.
- Abraham Lincoln (penny)
- Thomas Jefferson (nickel)
- Franklin Roosevelt (dime)
- George Washington (quarter)
- Research presidents.
- Information gathering sites (from simple to complex):
- Template suggestions (from general to specific):
- "The Important Life Of..." from That's So Second Grade
- Biography research
- "Who Was...Let me tell You!" from Butterflies and Daydreams
- Note-taking page
- Learn about leadership.
- Activities from Edsys
- Development Opportunities from Penn State
- President flow chart. Make a timeline of each president that features a quote or positive change they made for our country.
- To research positive changes, start with Ducksters.com or WhiteHouse.gov
- For Presidential quotes, start with Psychology Today and LifeHack
We'd Love to Know:
We’re excited to share one more day with you and wish you JOY for Today and HOPE for Tomorrow.
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