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Monday, May 14, 2012 10:06 AM

We’re going to kill two birds with one stone today. That’s an old time saying.

I’d like to take this opportunity to compliment and praise the 39 children of the two kindergarten classes at The Fort Jennings Elementary School for a beautiful job they did singing our National Anthem at the music program last week. These boys and girls opened the program with the Star Spangled Banner. It was amazing what those 39 voices could do. They should sing for the Cincinnati Reds or the Cleveland Indians or even the Super Bowl. Some of the celebrities who sing for some of these events try to doctor it up with their own renditions, which could make Francis Scott Key twinge. It is a difficult song for many but these kids hit all the words and notes perfectly, thanks to Rosemary Warnecke who teaches music to the elementary students as well as the high school band and choir. The other children of grades one through five did a fine job too.


It has been proven that taking part in music can help children achieve academically as well. Over 80 percent of the student body at FJHS belong to the band or choir. Keep up the good work, Rosemary and don’t retire too soon.

Now let me give all the mothers a pat on the back as we celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Anna Reeves Jarvis conceived the idea of Mother’s Day, while still bereaved by the loss of her own mother. Miss Jarvis, born in West Virginia had moved to Philadelphia, where her mother  passed  away  in 1905. She mentioned the idea to some of her friends. That was in 1907. A famous merchant, John Wanamaker helped her get it going a year later.  The  first  Mother’s Day  was  observed  with a special sermon from the pulpit of a country church in Grafton, West Virginia, the former home of the Jarvis family.

Miss Jarvis just wanted to honor her mother and all mothers for the many hats a mother wears devoting her time to the welfare of her children.

The governor of West Virginia, William Glassman, proclaimed Mother’s Day as a state holiday in 1910. In 1913, Congress, by joint resolution, created Mother’s Day as a national holiday, to be observed on the second Sunday of every May, in all the states, territories and dependencies. President Woodrow Wilson issued the first Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1914.

Julia Ward Howe had advocated a Mother’s Day more than three decades earlier but the idea couldn’t get off the ground. The country just wasn’t ready for it, maybe because the Civil War had just ended a few years before.

This special observance has grown and grown to where the greeting card companies and the florists and greenhouses look forward to this week-end as one of their busiest times.

So ... Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:38 PM
 

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