President shows up at Grandhaven
The second-graders were in the middle of “Old Dan Tucker” when the tall, bearded president strode into the school gym. Kids — including the singers and other students in the audience — gasped and giggled, even though some realized the fellow in the tall black hat was really teacher Nathan Muti.
“He made me laugh!” said second-grader Avalon Porter.
Muti had been growing his beard for a while. It was just right for the occasion, an assembly and evening program celebrating presidents, Valentine’s Day and “love in general,” according to music teacher Kendra Friar.
In addition to the second-grade segment, Grandhaven third graders performed a musical play about love.
But first, the music teacher led second-graders through “Old Dan Tucker,” one of Lincoln’s favorite songs, and “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” which was popular in George Washington’s day. The children also sang a song about several presidents, which started “Hail to the presidents, hail to the chief!”
“George Washington was just the man
To start the nation with a plan,” the song continued.
“George Washington was the first president,” Alex Keikkala explained.
Alex and Avalon said a president works with our laws and is in charge of the country. Avalon compared the job to that of a judge. Alex likened being president to being a school principal.
They’ve been learning about lots of presidents, they said. They know that Barrack Obama currently holds the office. And they know a lot about that tall guy with the top hat.
“Abe Lincoln is famous for wearing black clothes,” Avalon said. “He grew up in a cabin and he died in a theater.”
And while he was president, Alex said, “Abe Lincoln helped get rid of slavery.”
In addition to the second-grade segment of the program, Grandhaven third graders performed a musical play about love.