Second-grade students at Spring Grove School not only talked about being the President of the United States, they also created a large paper flag while learning about what the significance of the number of stars and stripes. Shown, in front row, are Kendyl Dean, Ella Wennes, Maggie Lile, Emma Moen, Caleb Griffin, Lawrence Skauge, Maia Elton and Josiah Liptack; middle row: Lydia Solum, Haley Ellingson, Tysen Grinde, Nathan Solberg, Xander Lewis, Alison Frydenlund, Peyton Thompson and Kenadee Gerard; and back row: Addyson McHugh, Ty Cleven, Noah Blackburn, Cole Gangl, Madilyn Ostern, Dane Edgington and Hunter Holland.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->SGH/Deschler<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Second-grade students at Spring Grove School not only talked about being the President of the United States, they also created a large paper flag while learning about what the significance of the number of stars and stripes. Shown, in front row, are Kendyl Dean, Ella Wennes, Maggie Lile, Emma Moen, Caleb Griffin, Lawrence Skauge, Maia Elton and Josiah Liptack; middle row: Lydia Solum, Haley Ellingson, Tysen Grinde, Nathan Solberg, Xander Lewis, Alison Frydenlund, Peyton Thompson and Kenadee Gerard; and back row: Addyson McHugh, Ty Cleven, Noah Blackburn, Cole Gangl, Madilyn Ostern, Dane Edgington and Hunter Holland.

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For many years, the United States' first president, George Washington, was remembered and honored in February on his birthday.

After Abraham Lincoln became president and helped reshape the country, it was felt that he, too, should be honored on his birthday, which was also in February.

In 1968, the 90th Congress changed three federal holidays to create a uniform system of federal Monday holidays; Washington's Birthday holiday was one that was changed.

At the time, some felt that changing the recognition date of Washington's birthday wasn't a good idea as they felt his identity with the holiday would be lost when it was combined with Lincoln's.

There was also disagreement as to the name of the holiday. Some states liked the idea of the new name "Presidents' Day" and adopted that title while others disagreed.

In time, the third Monday of February became to be known countrywide as Presidents' Day.

During this past fall's election, second-grade students in Jill Bjerke's classroom at Spring Grove Public School talked about what the different presidential candidates stood for and cared about. They also talked about the president's job.

In honor of Presidents' Day, the Herald asked these students what they would do if they were president for the day. Their young minds had many creative ideas.

"If I were President for a day, I would..."

I would help the people in need. ~ Haley Ellingson

I would keep the school safe. ~ Maia Elton

I would give everyone $100. ~ Cole Gangl

I would keep people safe. ~ Kenadee Gerard

I would drive around in a limo. ~ Caleb Griffin

I would kick crime's butt. ~ Tysen Grinde

I would eat candy all day. ~ Hunter Holland

I would give kids one day off of school every week.

~ Xander Lewis

I would give orphans a home. ~ Maggie Lile

I would give everyone presents. ~ Josiah Liptack

I would give poor people money and food.

~ Addyson McHugh

I would help everyone make good choices. ~Emma Moen

I would drive around in a golf cart while doing someone's hair. ~ Madilyn Ostern

I would buy as many cats as possible. ~ Shelby Ryan

I would help people. ~ Lawrence Skauge

I would let kids get out of school early. ~ Alison Frydenlund

I would have a limo and drive around all day.

~ Nathan Solberg

I would take care of the animals and ride around in a limo.

~ Lydia Solum

I would let everyone get out of school at 1:00, and I would let them take a trip almost every day and go on nature walks and hunts. I would give them an animal to look for, and if they found it they would get a prize.

~ Peyton Thompson

I would care for people, and I would give them things that help them. I would give poor people money so they can eat. ~ Kyndel Dean

I would help homeless people. ~ Ella Wennes

I would kick bad people's butt. ~ Ty Cleven

I would help people if they were injured. ~ Dane Edgington