200th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Birthday: Students Win Essay/Card Contests, Collect Pennies for UNICEF
- February 12, 2009
Students from throughout the School System who created cards or wrote essays will be recognized at 3 p.m. today by the Commission on the State Capitol steps. As part of the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission’s theme, “Lincoln Chose Louisiana,” Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will give a dramatic reading of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. There also will be proclamations by Gov. Bobby Jindal and East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden.
In addition, last Saturday, February 7, three schools (Ryan, Lanier and South Boulevard elementary schools) were represented at a Lincoln Bicentennial event held at Magnolia Mound for its Black History Month observance. Some students read their essays at the event. Students like Miracle Bell, a kindergartener from Lanier Elementary (first photo), also presented “Mr. Lincoln” with birthday cards created by her class.
The artwork of posters and birthday cards created for Lincoln were very colorful. Javier Villaneuva, a La Belle Aire Elementary second grader, used Popsicle sticks and a penny to illustrate Lincoln’s log cabin on a birthday card. A photocopied picture, construction paper and Crayons helped second grader Lena Foster of Forest Heights Elementary create a unique birthday card (second photo). Northeast Elementary second grader D’Metrie King’s card featured a Crayon rendering of our 16th president (third photo).
“I can be like Abraham,” wrote Judaya Bivens, a Ryan Elementary third grader, in her essay on President Lincoln. “I’m brave just like him. Me and him could have been twins, except I’m a girl. If I had been born back then, I would have become president, too. I’m self taught. I’m a hard worker. I am brave enough to stand up in front of people if that’s what it takes to be a wonderful leader like Abraham Lincoln was.”
“Lincoln is remembered for freeing the slaves. Thank God for Lincoln and such a caring heart. He also played a great part during the time of the Civil War between the Northern and Southern states. … Abraham Lincoln, I salute you and one day I plan to be a great leader and support my country. With God in front of me and lots of hard work, it can be done,” wrote Milton Lee Day Jr., a Brownfields Elementary third grader.
At Crestworth Elementary, fifth grader Aaliyah Jackson wrote “Abraham always told the truth. He was absolutely crazy for honesty. … He inspired our president today, who is President Barack Obama.” Fellow student Calvin Marquis Morris, a third grader, wrote “He (Lincoln) was my favorite because he let the slaves free. If it wasn’t for him, I’d be a slave.”
The overall School System contest winners (Pre-K to 2nd grades for posters/birthday cards and 3-5 grades for essays) are: Brownfields Elementary – Milton Lee Day Jr., third grade Cedarcrest Elementary – Ketki Mahaba Eshwarkar, second grade Claiborne Elementary – Desiree Dixon, first grade, and Nicholas Johnson, third grade Forest Heights Elementary – Charlysse Casma, kindergarten La Belle Aire Elementary – Javier Villaneuva, second grade Lanier Elementary – Miracle Bell, kindergarten, and Larry Thomas, fifth grade LaSalle Elementary – Serena Boatner, third grade Northeast Elementary – Ramiyah Rogers, pre-K, and D’Metrie King, second grade Park Forest Elementary – Rebeka Sanchez, fourth grade Polk Elementary – Latreval Jones, fifth grade Shenandoah Elementary – Gavin Falcon, first grade South Boulevard Elementary – Zoe Bryant, fourth grade Southdowns Elementary – Jamila Ford, Pre-K Wildwood Elementary – Brooke Bosley, kindergarten
For more information, contact Assistant Superintendent Paula Johnson at (225) 922-5616 or Hanley at (225) 925-2942. For more information about the Louisiana Commission and its work, visit http://www.lincolnbicentennial.gov/.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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