MES hosts presidential visit


‘President Lincoln’ addresses third graders

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo “President Abraham Lincoln” poses for a picture with some third grade students at Monarch Elementary School this past Friday. Lincoln was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness. In his portrayal, DeWalt shared with students stories about Lincoln’s life, family, and character.


Courtesy photo “President Abraham Lincoln” addresses third grade students at Monarch Elementary School this past Friday. The 16th president of the United States was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness. DeWalt’s presentation was not only designed to educate students about the history of Lincoln, but also to tell them with stories about his character.


Courtesy photo Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness introduces “President Abraham Lincoln” to MES third graders this past Friday. Lincoln, who was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University and a personal friend of Maness. His portrayal was designed to illustrate Lincoln’s life and character to the students.


Courtesy photo Standing on the stage of the Monarch Elementary School cafeteria, “President Abraham Lincoln” shares with school’s third graders stories about his life that illustrate not only his history but his character as well. Lincoln was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness.


MONARCH — Some students at Monarch Elementary School got some lessons in both history and character when the 16th president of the United States of America visited their school.

“President Abraham Lincoln” addressed third grade students at Monarch Elementary this past Friday, sharing stories about his legendary life, stories designed not only to educate them about that life, but also the life lessons drawn form it.

Mr. Lincoln’s visit was arranged by MES Principal Anita Maness who received a phone call from a friend asking if the president could address some of her students.

“Dr. Walt DeWalt is a personal friend of mine from Winthrop University,” Maness said. “He’s the Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop. He does presentations on Abraham Lincoln and he called me and said he would like to do a presentation at our school. So he came and did a presentation on President Lincoln for our third graders.”

Maness said that does his presentations on Lincoln in character, dressing as Lincoln in dark suit and stove pipe hat and wearing a beard. She said that while there was a historical aspect to DeWalt’s presentation, the main focus was on providing on providing students with lessons about Lincoln’s character, lessons that he hopes they will take to heart.

“He tells wonderful stories about President Lincoln,” Maness said. “He also talks about the characteristics of Abraham Lincoln and wants our children to have those character traits. One was dependability, telling about how Lincoln’s father depended on him when he was growing up after his mother died. Also, the perseverance, how he was beaten so many times in elections but still became president of the United States.”

Maness said the students enjoyed hearing DeWalt’s stories about Lincoln’s life and family and his character.

Courtesy photo “President Abraham Lincoln” poses for a picture with some third grade students at Monarch Elementary School this past Friday. Lincoln was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness. In his portrayal, DeWalt shared with students stories about Lincoln’s life, family, and character.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_thumbnail_20160506_091927.jpgCourtesy photo “President Abraham Lincoln” poses for a picture with some third grade students at Monarch Elementary School this past Friday. Lincoln was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness. In his portrayal, DeWalt shared with students stories about Lincoln’s life, family, and character.

Courtesy photo “President Abraham Lincoln” addresses third grade students at Monarch Elementary School this past Friday. The 16th president of the United States was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness. DeWalt’s presentation was not only designed to educate students about the history of Lincoln, but also to tell them with stories about his character.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_thumbnail_20160506_090933.jpgCourtesy photo “President Abraham Lincoln” addresses third grade students at Monarch Elementary School this past Friday. The 16th president of the United States was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness. DeWalt’s presentation was not only designed to educate students about the history of Lincoln, but also to tell them with stories about his character.

Courtesy photo Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness introduces “President Abraham Lincoln” to MES third graders this past Friday. Lincoln, who was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University and a personal friend of Maness. His portrayal was designed to illustrate Lincoln’s life and character to the students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_thumbnail_20160506_083319.jpgCourtesy photo Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness introduces “President Abraham Lincoln” to MES third graders this past Friday. Lincoln, who was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University and a personal friend of Maness. His portrayal was designed to illustrate Lincoln’s life and character to the students.

Courtesy photo Standing on the stage of the Monarch Elementary School cafeteria, “President Abraham Lincoln” shares with school’s third graders stories about his life that illustrate not only his history but his character as well. Lincoln was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_thumbnail_20160506_084335.jpgCourtesy photo Standing on the stage of the Monarch Elementary School cafeteria, “President Abraham Lincoln” shares with school’s third graders stories about his life that illustrate not only his history but his character as well. Lincoln was portrayed by Dr. Walt DeWalt, Chair of Curriculum at Winthrop University, a personal friend of MES Principal Anita Maness.
‘President Lincoln’ addresses third graders

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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