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Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln!

February 16, 2009
John Speer, Editor


"Get your cake and eat it, too," is an often-heard expression.

Students in Denise Fletcher's 4th grade class at South Tama Elementary School had that experience last week while observing the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the nation's 16th President.

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South Tama teacher Denise Fletcher surprised her 4th grade class with a birthday cake in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday on Feb. 12. The students had spent four days focusing on Lincoln in their studies. With Fletcher are (l-r) Kyler Welsh, Skiles Johnson, Carma Chauarvia, Abby Kirchner, Ruben Fuentes and Levi Workman. As a reward for their work, students were treated to birthday cake. The cake featured featured Lincoln’s portrait and a log cabin. It was baked by Rebeca Cline.
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It was four days of Lincoln for the students as the nation kicked off the bicentennial observance of his birth, Feb. 12, 1809.

Fletcher said the class studied "six major characteristics of Lincoln- commitment to excellence, integrity, responsibility, fairness, respect and commitment to diversity."

Her classroom had a big selection of books about Lincoln available.

On Thursday afternoon, each student was given the chance to tell fellow class members "What personal qualities of Abraham Lincoln they admired the most and why?" and "How could knowing about the life of Lincoln change your life?"

Their teacher then brought out a birthday cake decorated with an image of Lincoln and his log cabin birthplace.

After singing "Happy Birthday" to him, the cake was enjoyed by class members. It was baked especially for the event by Rebecca Cline.



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