Today, I was able to witness 8 Presidents and 9 First Ladies all in the same room at the same time. No, I didn’t have a time machine and no, I wasn’t at a museum in Washington, DC. Actually, I was at Luke’s 4th grade Presidential Ice Cream Social. It was so much fun to see the students dressed as Presidents and First Ladies of times gone by and to learn interesting facts about many of them and had some ice cream to boot.
Now, you may be wondering why on earth we celebrated this event with ice cream and after today, I can tell you the answer. According to a student in Luke’s class, Dolley Madison was the first First Lady to serve ice cream in the White House. She actually served ice cream at President Madison’s Inaugural Ball in 1813. Very interesting little bit of information from the 4th grade President Social.
At one of the student’s display boards, there was bowl of jelly beans. This student was dressed as Nancy Reagan (decked out in a white suit and black shirt with an 80′s style tie and a Just Say No pin) included on her board was a tidbit about the fact that President Reagan’s favorite treat was jelly beans. Another little known fact about a great leader of our nation.
A girl dressed like President Taft’s wife, Helen, displayed a board all about President Taft and his accomplishments. Of course, the information that stood out to me was the fact that while in office, Taft got stuck in a bathtub in the White House and had to be helped out by 6 men. A new tub was installed for him that would accommodate 4 normal sized men. What an embarrassing piece of information that has been passed down from generation to generation!
Luke’s board was all about President Herbert Hoover, who unfortunately was blamed for the Great Depression, but had many great contributions to the US including the Hoover Dam and signing into law The Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem. He was an accomplished man, who was actually one of the richest Presidents in US History and a very successful engineer. Now if only he didn’t have to be remembered for Hoovervilles and the Wall Street Crash, but alas, that is what most people remember of his time as President.
Here is a list of the Presidents and First Ladies who attended this fine event in no particular order!
George Washington, Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, and Ulysses S. Grant
Frances Cleveland, Dolley Madison, Abigail Adams, Nancy Reagan, Grace Coolidge, Pat Nixon, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, and Helen Taft
It was a great day filled with lots of fun for the students and a day of bragging over our oh so smart kids! Thanks to Mrs. Anderson for putting on such a great event! I salute you for a job well done, 4th graders! Now go home and wash the gray hair spray out of your hair!!!