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Monday, February 15, 2016

President's Day--Write A Story

President's Day

Today is President's Day. When I was a student at Abraham Lincoln School in the state of Illinois, we celebrated both Lincoln's and Washington's birthday each February. February 12th was Abe's day and the 22nd belonged to George. We got the day off for one of those birthdays each year, alternating the two. Our teachers brought both these revered presidents into our lessons in numerous ways and there was always a bulletin board on the topic. Red, white and blue was evident in each classroom.

From Kindergarten through the 8th grade, I learned a great deal about those two presidents. I'm grateful to all those teachers who instilled the knowledge of and respect for Lincoln and Washington and, later on, all our presidents' 

Now, on the third Monday of February, we celebrate President's Day to honor all the men who have held that office. Have you considered writing an essay, story or poem about the holiday or detailing the life of any one of our presidents? Is there one in particular that you admire?

Editors of children's magazines and ezines are always looking for material that addresses holidays other than Christmas and Halloween. The submissions that feature those two holidays are overflowing. They'd like to see more on the not-as-popular holidays. 

I don't think it's only the children's magazine editors looking for this kind of submission. Editors and publishers of stories, essays and poems for grown-ups would probably be pleased to get this type of submission, too. 

President's Day is only one of many special days of the year that you could use for a topic. Here's a  list:
  • New Year's Day
  • Epiphany
  • Groundhog Day
  • Valentine's Day
  • President's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Easter
  • April Fool's Day
  • May Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father's Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
This is a lengthy list and I probably missed a few. You could write a story for a religious publication or a secular one.