The King and Queen of the Netherlands will be visiting America from May 31 – June 4. In celebration, the Washington Times has published a special Netherlands supplement in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to help students learn about their country and its relationship to the U.S. The tab is distributed through the NIE Institute.
Peggy Hanson and her 5th grade students from Fisher, Minn. came to visit the Grand Forks Herald on Thursday, 5/21/15. They are pictured here in front of the printing press at the Herald production plant. I asked the students what their favorite part of the newspaper was and received many replies, such as: “comics”, “sports”, “the whole newspaper”, and “obituaries”.
Don’t miss the Class of 2015 High School keepsake section in Sunday’s Grand Forks Herald (5/17/15). This special section will feature graduates from high schools throughout the Grand Forks Herald’s circulation area in North Dakota and Minnesota. Grand Forks Herald subscribers will receive the section in their Sunday paper. If you’re not a subscriber, you can purchase a copy at your local newsstand.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the 5th grade students from Larimore, N.D. visited the Grand Forks Herald production plant. They are pictured here with their teacher Diann Rudolf in the “Yellow” or CTP room where the plates are made for the printing press.
We also took a picture in the mailroom. These students and their teacher participate in the Grand Forks Herald’s Newspapers in Education program.
Sunday is Mother’s Day – a holiday that honors mothers for their love and dedication to their families. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May each year. Here are some fun Mother’s Day projects from Kid News and Family Fun Magazine.
Information is from KRP’s The Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide distributed by the NIE Institute
May Day (cultural/religious) The first day of May marks the traditional arrival of spring and has been celebrated as a holiday in Europe since ancient times. It was often marked with spring festivals, dancing around the Maypole, and the gathering of flowers — traditions that continue today. In the United States, such May Day festivities are usually reserved for schoolchildren.
Since the 1880s, May Day has also been a workers’ holiday, or Labor Day, in most countries, evolving from the struggle for the eight-hour work day. It resembles the U.S. Labor Day holiday in September. The Puritans, members of a religious and social group that spread to the United States when it was first settled, disapproved of the May Day festivities. Therefore, the holiday has never been celebrated with enthusiasm in the United States.
Ask students to research this ancient holiday to find out why the Puritans disapproved of May Day. Then have them assume the identity of an American settler and write an editorial or letter to the editor that might have persuaded the Puritans to rethink their position and allow May Day festivities to proceed. Prior to the assignment, point them to the editorial pages in the newspaper for examples of persuasive writing.