Northwest School students to help Abe Statue efforts
October 17, 2013, By Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Slideshow By Mike Fak, The Abraham Lincoln Statue Committee of the Logan County Genealogical and Historic Society is excited about kicking off two projects with Northwest fifth grade social studies classes. Ms. Marla Williams informed the Statue Committee her classes of approximately 40 students will participate in the Education and the Fundraising projects.
The students have been studying the period in history when Abraham Lincoln was a significant individual in this country. On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the classes recalled Mr. Lincoln’s presence in Lincoln, IL, when he spoke on the Logan County Courthouse lawn to 5,000 people on October 16, 1858, one hundred and fifty-five years ago. At 9:30 the students divided into two groups, one at State Bank, Sangamon Branch and the second group going on to the Logan County Genealogical and Historic Society Building on Chicago Street.
The emphasis was on the artifacts, memorabilia and facts of Mr. Lincoln especially during his time as 8th Judicial Circuit Lawyer in Lincoln and Logan County. The miniature 24 inch statue replica of the life sized statue designed to be erected on the Logan County Courthouse Lawn will be on display.
In addition to the above educational project, the students have decided to have two fundraisers to help with the purchase of the bronze statue entitled “Lincoln Rallies the People”. The first fundraiser started the beginning of October and is called, “Looking for Lincoln Penny Collection.” This is a school wide project with each classroom competing with each other. Mr. Allen, Principal, will provided the pizza for the winning classroom. Decorative boxes in which to collect the pennies and the counting of the money is being done by the fifth grade social studies class.
The second fundraiser will be called “Hicking for History” and will mimic the ‘Relay for Life’ program. The students will walk in the gymnasium at Northwest. This will be a fifth grade project only and details will be announced later.