Memorial Day is coming up. I never thought of this question until now. What is the place where Memorial Day began. It’s a good question. I found an answer to it below:
Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.
It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.
Online reference: https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp
Starting today, I am going to show pictures of the gifts from the song “Twelve Days of Christmas.” So…..
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree!
Another gift tomorrow!
Enjoy your Halloween. But here’s a reminder of having a safe Halloween, too.
A few days before Halloween, sit down with your kids and help them map out the route for trick-or-treating. Choose an area that:
- Is safe
- Has sidewalks
- Is a self-contained neighborhood
- Is well-lit
- Is highly populated, and
- Is familiar to them
Let them know, too, that you’ll be expecting them to stay in the area where they said they’d be.
- Never to enter the home of someone they don’t know—even when they’re with a friend.
- Not to take rides from anyone without your permission.
- What to do if they’re approached by someone in a car or by a group of older kids looking to stir up trouble.
- No to eat their loot until after they get home and you have a chance to inspect it. (This is a tough one, but it’s still the safest route.)
Well, you already know that Junior Rabbit is my friend, and that I have written a couple of stories with him in it. Guess what? He is on the move in his next adventure. The book will be out in a little while. It’s called Junior Rabbit Travels to Pennsylvania. When you read this one, you’ll find out what happened in the last book. So, please look for it on Amazon.com in a few weeks. Here’s the book cover below. I am so excited.
Remember, too, that reading opens the world up to you. Talk to you later.
I’m a librarian in a Primary Years Programme (IB) elementary school that is also a Title 1 school. All students participate in our PYP programme and one of the big take-aways for kids is how to take action. Once you see an issue or a problem in your world, how do you make a difference? […]
via 10 Books that Inspire Kids to Take Action and Change Their World by Marcie Flinchum Atkins — Nerdy Book Club
Guess what guys? There is only a little while and school will be out for the Summer. I can see all of you having great fun with so many activities. I can see swimming, biking, camping, jogging, running and playing. There will be family outdoor activities and barbeques galore. It’s wonderful when Summer vacation begins.
Don’t forget guys that one trip you should make is to the Library. The Library has so many interesting things, too. They have contests for those who read the most books on their book list. They have different writers/authors come in and sign books for people. Just don’t leave the library out of this Summer. Remember that a great time to read is when you have to stay in because of the rain. “Keep it simple and read a book”. Thanks guys.
Here is a picure of Ruby Bridges. She is just a little girl on the way to school. She is being guarded by federal officers, because she is the first little African American girl to attend an all white elementary school in the American South. She was hated by many people because they didn’t want her in their white schools.
Ruby Bridges was a little girl who made a difference in this great country of our. You may not have to be concerned with where you go to school, but like Ruby Bridges you can make a difference wherever you can. One good way is to first of all get the best education and grades you can. That always helps when you want to make a big difference in the lives of those you love. Oh, yes and remember, reading is the best way to learn and get knowledge. Black History month is great, yes, but Black History is good everyday of the year. Just pick up the book that was written about Ruby Bridges for starters.
I want to talk about recycling. It’s an interesting word and the dictionary says that recycle means “to reclaim (packaging or products with a limited useful life) for further use”.
Now I know that all of you guys are very intelligent (that means smart) and have heard of recycling before. Well, I want to have another New Year’s Resolution – RECYCLE. If you haven’t already read Loony the Loon and the Littered Lake, you will see how people littering instead of recycling caused such terrible and life threatening problems for Loony and his friends. So, let’s be a part of the solution, just like those kids in the picture above – LET’S RECYCLE. We can recycle, plastic items, newspapaers, milk jugs, cardboard boxes and so many more things. In fact you can recycle almost anything. We’re gonna show our families and friends that we care about this planet we live on and want to take care of it!
Ask Mom and Dad to buy Loony the Loon and the Littered Lake for you so you can see what problems littering and not recycling can cause! Buy it on Amazon.com
It’s Jenny here and I am so excited to tell you about a wonderful experience I had just last week. You guys already know how I love to read and I always encourage you to read, too.
Well, I went to the school and all the kids there were celebrating a superhero. I wanted to see and meet this superhero. When I saw her I laughed and agreed that this person was a true superhero. It was the school librarian. She was the real superhero that I met and that the kids were honoring.
How is she a superhero you ask? She helps all the students get the right books for their classes and she makes sure that there are good books on the shelves for the kids to check out and enjoy. She shows all of us about different lands and countries all around the world without ever having to go there. She picks out a book and shares it with the classes and they all see what is happening on the other side of the world, right there in library. LET’S HEAR IT FOR OUR REAL SUPERHERO-THE LIBRARIAN. YEAAAAAAAAAA!