What would Abe Lincoln think about‚Ä¶?
That question about America’s 16th president was posed to 4th grade students in Linda Palacio’s class at Saltar’s Point Elementary School.
Their answers covered ideas from peace to honesty. The writing lesson was just one part of the students’ week-long focus on this famous American . If Abe were alive today he would celebrate his 200th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 12.
Born in 1809, Lincoln’s Bicentennial birthday is being celebrated in a variety of ways across the U.S., from commemorative stamps and re-issued Lincoln pennies‚Äîto museum exhibits and books. There’s also a big celebration in neighboring Idaho. (He was president when Idaho Territory was created).
Students’ essays included:
“President Lincoln was a leader of peace‚Ä¶”
“My mom and dad also bring peace to my family‚Ä¶and my sisters and I are sometimes honest‚Ä¶
“I am so peaceful that I am the leader of peace in my home.”
And lastly: “At my school my teacher is respectful to all the students and the teachers.”
What do YOU think about Abe Lincoln?
Besides the important lessons about this man, The Town of Steilacoom has a close tie to Lincoln, according to an article about William Wallace, Steilacoom’s first mayor.
The article was published in the Town on the Sound, a comprehensive history book about this early community. More information about that special connection with Wallace, Lincoln and Idaho can be found at the Steilacoom Historical Museum or at Steilacoom Public Library.