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Ciara Reed and Kendon Roberts as First Lady Martha Jefferson and President Thomas Jefferson.
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Merina Scott and Andrew Hartman as First Lady Jackie Kennedy and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
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Mrs. Bruder’s class.
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Mrs. Grote’s class.
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Matthew Taylor as Andrew Jackson.
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Emma Wing and Taylor Morton as Mary Todd Lincoln.
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Brayden Harris and Aaliya Gilliam as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
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Michaela Genovese-Moss’ third-grade class at Maryville Elementary School participated in the Presidents’ Day celebration on Feb. 17. Students had to dress up as a president or first lady.
GRANITE CITY — Third-grade Maryville Elementary School students got an opportunity to celebrate Presidents’ Day Feb. 17.
All of the students from three classrooms dressed up as either a president or first lady. Maryville has 67 third-graders.
“The students each picked either a president or first lady to research,” Maryville third-grade teacher Michaela Genovese-Moss said. “Then, they had to dress up as that person and pretend they were that person for the day. Then, they would be paraded around the school and went into all of the other classrooms and told them who each student was and told them one fact about that person.”
Genovese-Moss said students did their presentations in all of the classrooms from kindergarten to fourth grade.
“They were involved in their speeches,” she said. “Some of them were very dramatic, some of them made poster boards to go along with their presentations. They were really excited going into talking to the littler kids about who they were. They were a little nervous going into the fourth-grade classroom, but they were very excited when they came out. They just were nervous being around the bigger kids.”
Moss, who has been teaching in the Granite City School District for 22 years, was the coordinator of the Presidents’ Day celebration. She came up with the idea of having students celebrating President’s Day when she was teaching at Worthen in the mid-1990s.
“It was something exciting and new,” said Genovese-Moss, who has been teaching at Maryville for five years. “The kids all seemed to be excited at that time. When we started it, we only dressed up as presidents. A few years later, we got the idea to give the girls the option of being the first lady, which was really exciting for the girls because they didn’t want to be boys all of the time. The kids get really excited about it. They get nervous, but they seem to enjoy it a lot.”