February 16, 2017

Presidents’ Day: A Time to Honor, Celebrate, and Educate

Presidents’ Day is a time to honor and celebrate the leaders of our country throughout history who have greatly impacted our lives. In 1968, Congress proposed to move the celebration of George Washington’s birthday from his actual birthdate of February 22nd to the third Monday in February. This legislation soon passed and took effect in 1971, thus creating a national holiday. While Presidents’ Day is technically referred to as George Washington’s birthday, on this day we celebrate current and previous Presidents and the contributions they have made to our country.

Two of the most revered Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, shared birthdays in the month of February, and are most commonly celebrated on Presidents’ Day. George Washington, our first U.S. President and often referred to as the Father of our Country, is well known for his contribution in the American Revolution as a leader of the Continental Army. Abraham Lincoln is credited with the emancipation of slavery and known for his famous quote from the Gettysburg Address, which states that our “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Both of these presidents made significant impacts on the history of the United States. It is important to honor and celebrate them on Presidents’ Day.

Presidents’ Day is an important opportunity to educate students about the lasting impact our presidents have made on our country and provide them with historical context. Schools across the country look to implement fun, interactive, educational activities on this day, such as crossword puzzles, creating picture books of the presidents, designing a new presidential monument, or developing a presidential timeline.

Unfortunately, many schools are unable to provide even these basic interactive activities due to a budget shortfall. Education Funding Partners (EFP) understands that adequate funding is fundamental to providing students with the best possible education. To help achieve this, EFP developed a fast, friendly way to help school districts address budget shortfalls. Through sponsorships with leading education-friendly national companies that are featured on district websites and other digital communications targeted to parents and the school community, EFP provides districts with supplemental revenue. This new revenue enables schools to provide these sorts of scholastic activities that help to enhance students’ educational experiences and advance student achievement.

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