The celebration of Thanksgiving Day is
one of our Nation’s most venerable and cherished traditions. Almost 200
years ago, the first President of these United States, George
Washington, issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
under the Constitution and recommended to the American people that they
“be devoted to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the
beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” .
A century ago, President Grover Cleveland
called for “prayers and song of praise” that would render to God the
appreciation of the American people for His mercy and for the abundant
harvests and rich rewards He had bestowed upon our Nation through the
labor of its farmers, shopkeepers, and tradesmen. Both of these
Proclamations included something else as well: a recognition of our
shortcomings and transgressions and our dependence, in total and in
every particular, on the forgiveness and forbearance of the Almighty. . .
Thanksgiving Day summons every American
to pause in the midst of activity, however necessary and valuable, to
give simple and humble thanks to God. This gracious gratitude is the
“service” of which Washington spoke. . . .
The images of the Thanksgiving
celebrations at America’s earliest settlement — of Pilgrim and Iroquois
Confederacy assembled in festive friendship – resonate with even greater
power in our own day. People from every race, culture, and creed on the
face of the Earth now inhabit this land. Their presence illuminates the
basic yearning for freedom, peace, and prosperity that has always been
the spirit of the New World.
In this year when we as a people enjoy
the fruits of economic growth and international cooperation, let us take
time both to remember the sacrifices that have made this harvest
possible and the needs of those who do not fully partake of its
benefits. . . .
President Ronald Reagan
Respect Myself Respect Others Respect Our School
The Ram Perspective:
Tips to Live By
October 21, 2014
By 3rd Grader JJ
Today, I will tell you why people are bullying. Based on what I know, people are broken down and they want other people to feel the same. I wish people who bully would know it won't take them anywhere. If someone is broken down will you be kind and be their friend? People who bully just get worse and worse. The next thing you know is that nobody is their friend. If you're a bully reading this I hope you change.
Some quick tips to remember:
- Share kind words with each other
- Don't bully
- Share with others
- Do not kick classmates
- Watch where you are going
- Be polite
A Study in Sarcasm
'Pain and Errors' or Physical Education
November 1, 2014
By 6th Grader AD & Contributors
Have you ever wished that the class of Physical Education in schools could be a student choice versus an academic requirement? Well, in this month’s Roosevelt Ram Perspective, I would like to make the case for PE choice. If band and choir are at the discretion of students, then shouldn’t PE be discretionary as well? Building muscles and increasing lung capacity should not be forced upon me. I choose the life of lard.
On the simplest level, I simply disdain running and jumping; being jostled about is not my forte. Physical activity for myself is falling into bed; soaring across the couch; and/ or lifting the fork from the dessert dish. You must understand that a person like me lacks the physical prowess and agility to succeed in PE. The voices in my head are telling me I can’t do it.
Superheroes love PE and they should, but sidekicks like me would prefer a choice. How many times must I be creamed by a dodgeball or struggle to keep my lungs in my chest cavity? With great lard comes great obesity. I propose another alternative to PE: naptime.
My teacher has angry eyebrows now. Apparently, he has just finished reading my paper through Google Docs. His response, “You are not Winnie the Pooh!”
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