On February 13th, Calvary Christian School elementary students gathered to celebrate President’s Day in the Calvary Church Worship Center. The morning started with a celebration of our country through patriotic music provided by our talented student body. Next, some of our junior high students challenged the elementary students to remember the examples set by great American presidents.
Faris Halaseh, president of the junior high student body, spoke about some of the amazing people who served as presidents of the United States. He shared stories about Christian men who served our nation, and then asked students to consider how these men lived their lives. Faris noted that these men often acted in a Christ-like way, and he challenged students to follow those examples in their lives today.
After Faris spoke, members of the Richard Gertsen History Internship took turns sharing stories about the life and presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. The interns spoke of how President Roosevelt studied the Bible, and showed how his actions reflected a commitment to serving God rather than man. One of the examples the interns shared occurred soon after he became president in 1901:
Booker T. Washington, a famous scientist, was invited to the White House for a formal dinner in his honor. Unfortunately, a large number of Americans were offended by this, simply because Mr. Washington was African-American. Some people think this might have even hurt President Roosevelt politically, but his standard of behavior was taken from the Bible, and not selfish political desires.
Calvary students were encouraged to bless our nation through loving our fellow Americans as we are taught in the Bible.
–By RGHC student interns