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Suggestive programs for special day exercises


Suggestive Special Day Programs









PUBLISHED BY
JASON E. HAMMOND,
State Superintendent of Public Instruction





LANSING, MICHIGAN

ROBERT SMITH PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS AND BINDERS

1898

SUGGESTIVE PROGRAMS


FOR


SPECIAL DAY EXERCISES


PUBLISHED BY


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION


FOR DISTRICT SCHOOLS


JASON E. HAMMOND

STATE SUPERINTENDENT


LANSING, MICHIGAN

1898


LANSING

ROBERT SMITH PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS AND BINDERS

1898

 

INTRODUCTION.




Department of Public Instruction,

Lansing, Mich., Feb. 1, 1898.

To the Teachers and Friends of Education:

In preparing and sending out these suggestive programs for Special Day exercises, it is our desire to bring the Department of Education closer to the people, to bring the patrons and teachers closer together in the work of the schools.

Just as, in the palmy days of Rome, broad highways connected the Forum with the capital of every province, so we believe there should be a highway leading directly from this Department to every school house in Michigan.

If we as a people could more often come together for the discussion of the common problems of life, if there could be more opportunity for an interchange of sympathy and good-will, our schools and homes would be the better. The struggle to reach the position of independence we now enjoy is not fully appreciated by this generation, and there still remains the problem of our country’s future destiny which must be worked out in the homes and schools of the nation.

In times past the home and school have been too widely separated, instead of working together as mutually dependent parts of an educational family. It is hoped that the celebration of these special days may result in a better appreciation of the teacher’s work on the part of the patrons, and also afford an opportunity for broader culture. What a splendid chance for the teaching of patriotism is found in the observance of Independence Day and Memorial Day; what beautiful examples of character Lincoln and Washington afford; what a field for literary study is found in the works of Longfellow and Lowell; what an appreciation of the bountiful land in; which we dwell may be inculcated through the Thanksgiving exercises; and last, comes the crowning festival of the year, commemorating the greatest gift of the world, the coming of “ peace on earth, good-will to men.” How the glad Christmas time appeals to us all to remember that only through self-sacrifice has life been made what it is today.

These special days should be made beacon lights in the homes and schools of the State.

Yours with good wishes for the New Year,

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Superintendent of Public Instruction.

TABLE OF CONTENTS




Introduction 3


Lincoln Day:—
  Program 4
  Flag Salute 4
  God Bless Our Native Land 4
  Memorable Language of Abraham Lincoln 5
  Anecdotes of Lincoln 6
  Glimpses of Lincoln's Character 7
  Lincoln’s Boyhood 8
  Oh! Why should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud? 9
  God Speed the Right 10
  The Gettysburg Address 11
  Education a Growth 11
  Justice tempered with Mercy 11
  Lincoln—A Song 12
  Conclusion of Lincoln’s First Inaugural 12
  Your Mission 13
  Characteristics of Lincoln 14


WASHINGTON AND LOWELL DAY:—
  George Washington: Statesman, Christian Gentleman 15
  Ode for Washington’s Birthday 16
  Washington: The Brightest Name on History's Page 17
  The Glorious Roll of the American Drum 17
  Let Washington Sleep 18
  Epitaph on Washington 18
  Mt. Vernon Bells 19
  The First Snow-Fall 19
  The Heritage 20
  A Wider and Wiser Humanity 20
  To the Dandelion 21
  Washington’s Birthday 22
  The fountain 22
  The Washington Elm 23

Longfellow Day:—
  Program 24
  The Poet and His Songs 24
  Subjects for Essay 24
  The Children’s Hour 25
  The Two Angels 25
  The Old Clock on The Stairs 26
  The Builders 27
  Paul Revere’s Ride 28
  From My Arm-Chair 29
  The Bridge 30
  Quotations 30-32
  Nature’s Book 32
  Charity 32
  The Three Statues of Minerva 32


Arbor Day:—
  Program 33
  Arbor Day Scripture Reading 33
  Arbor Day March 34
  The History of Arbor Day 34
  Which Tree is Best? 35
  What do we plant? 36
  We Love the Trees 36
  Historic Trees 37-38
  Our Mother’s Three 39
  What will you be? 39
  Arbor Day Song 40
  A Wonderful Tree 40
  The Tree Planter 40
  Planting of the Apple Tree 41
  The Poet of Trees 42
  Extract from Bryant’s Forest Hymn 42
  Forest Trees 43
  Prayer for Our State 43
  The Grand Old Trees 43
  What shall It be? 44
  What We owe Trees 44-45
  A Few Suggestions 45
  The Planting Song 45


Memorial Day:—
  Program 46
  Tribute to Old Glory. 46
  We keep Memorial Day 46
  With Tenderness in Our Hearts 47
  Scatter the Flowers 47
  The Banner of the Union 48
  The Soldiers kept in Remembrance 48
  What can Children do? 49
  A Flag Exercise 49
  Memorial Day 50
  Emblems of Decoration Day 50
  All Hail, Old Glory! 50-51
  Long wave Our Flag! 51
  Meaning of the Colors 52
  How They came back from the War 52-53
  Our Loyal Women 53
  Mustered Out 54
  Cover Them Over 54-56
  Patriotic Training in Our Schools 56
  Evolution of The Flag 57


Our Nation’s Birthday:—
  Program 58
  The Flag of Seventy-six 58-59
  Bunker Hill 59
  The Poets’ Praise of Freedom 60
  Grandfather’s Fourth 61
  Independence Bell 62
  The Revolutionary Rising 63-64
  Warren’s Address 64
  America 65
  How “America” came to be written 66
  The Star Spangled Banner 66
  Centennial Hymn 67


Labor Day:—
  Program 68
  Free Labor 68
  The Working Man’s Song 68
  The Scissors 69
  True Nobility 69
  Two Little Hands 70
  Ho! Bonny Boy 70
  The Moral Dignity of Labor 70-71
  Tribute to Genius and Labor 71
  Working and Shirking 72
  Work and Reward 72
  Sermon—The Toilers 73
  Toil’s Grandeur 74
  Act making Labor Day A Legal Holiday 74
  The Village Blacksmith 75
  Labor 76

Thanksgiving Day:—
  Program 77
  The Nut Party 77
  We Thank Thee 78
  Thanksgiving Exercise for Little Ones 78-79
  Thanksgiving Hymn 80
  The Pumpkin 81
  Thanksgiving 82
  The Day We Love 83
  Pen Picture of the First Thanks-giving 83


Christmas:—
  Program 84
  Santa Claus Myths 84
  Myths of the Mistletoe 85
  Christmas Fairies 86-87
  A Christmas Gift 88
  A Christmas Exercise 89-93
  Christmas Day 94
  A Christmas Problem 94
  Some Christmas Customs 95


Flag Raising Days 96

School Room Decoration 97

The Dainty State Flower 98


This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.