School sing in closing “Speed Our Republic” etc., or some other patriotic hymn.
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BY CLARA J. DENTON
For a Very Little Girl
I cannot be a Washington,
However hard I try,
But into something I must grow
As fast the days go by.
The world needs women, good and true,
I’m glad I can be one,
For that is even better than
To be a Washington.
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BY KATE BOWLES SHERWOOD
For Forty-five Children
This exercise will require forty-five children, boys or girls, or both, as most convenient. Where a stage and curtain are obtainable, have the speakers grouped upon the stage at rise of curtain. If a stage and curtain are impossible let the speakers sit near the platform, each coming forward quickly, as the predecessor retires. A bust or framed portrait of Washington must occupy the center of the stage or platform; surrounding it must be an arch containing forty-five nails. Each speaker at the close of speech hangs upon a nail the wreath he or she carries. Where flowers cannot be obtained in the winter time, use wreaths of evergreen. If a stage is possible, but not a curtain, the States may form at back of schoolroom and march upon the stage in time to martial or patriotic music. Each State may wear a badge with name if convenient.
1. Maine comes marching on as one
To crown immortal Washington.
2. New Hampshire brings him honor,
In offerings both sweet and true.
3. Vermont here comes to take her
To crown him with a lavish hand.
4. Massachusetts, Pilgrim state,
Proclaims him hero grand and great.
5. Rhode Island comes with willing
To place a garland fair and sweet.
6. Connecticut, with laurel’s
Would keep our hero’s honor bright.
7. New York, a mighty empire now,
Still crowns her gallant leader’s brow.
8. Pennsylvania holds him great,
Who spurned a crown to make a state.
9. New Jersey, Trenton can’t
Her hero claims her honor yet.
10. Delaware will wreathe her bays
To tell our hero’s matchless praise.
11. Maryland crowns the peaceful
Unspoiled by cruel deed or art.
12. Virginia hails her first-born
The proud and peerless Washington.
13. West Virginia will proclaim
The splendors of a patriot’s name.
14. North Carolina’s wreath
To him who independence wrought.
15. South Carolina follows on
To twine a wreath for Washington.