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 George Washington on the right the American Flag waves with a cloudy sky behind to the left. Text overlay says "February 21, 2022: President's Day" then quotes Matthew 20:6: If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others.
President's Day picture by Circe Denyer at Public Domain Pictures.

Presidential Listings

Did You Know:

  1. Joe Biden is our 46th President? Head to to see a picture and read a biography of each of our 46 presidents.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
We'd Love to Know:
Which president you would name as your favorite?

Wolfe Stew Connects

Currently, we're teaching the American Revolution to fifth graders. In the process, we've learned so much about what the founders of our country desired and the hard choices they negotiated for the future of our country. There is this saying about growing trees so that our children can enjoy their shade, and that's what our founders did: they strived to build a nation that would remain free. Because of their diligence we enjoy that freedom today.

If you are ready to RISE to freedom, join us in our GROWTH for Today calendar with daily tasks to help you RISE toward personal change. It is a struggle, encouragement helps, and it starts when you RISE. Know we're learning to RISE right along with you.

We'd Love to Know:

What does President's Day mean to you?

Bible Verses and Quotes to Inspire

Bible Verses

  • "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
Read a quote from each president at Psychology Today.

We'd Love to Know:

Which verse or quote you would put on your vision board.

Activity Suggestions

Focus on leadership this President's Day by having your learners complete one of the following:

We'd Love to Know: 

How you honor President's Day with your classroom or family.

We’re excited to share one more day with you and wish you JOY for Today and HOPE for Tomorrow.

Fighting the Good Fight with You,

Red stew bowl with steam rising from top. Wolfe Stew crawled on front.

Find even more JOY for Today in our monthly calendars, holiday, and seasonal posts.


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