The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Honesty, Hearts, an Axe and a Cherry Tree

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

February 11, 2009

When I was a young student at Stronghurst, the school and its teachings were a big part of my world.

I vividly remember how much fun we had decorating our classrooms in February with red and pink hearts, and Cupid, exchanging Valentines, and then cutting and placing pictures of President Lincoln and President Washington in black and white on our many school windows.

Mrs. Spears was 3rd grade teacher, and Miss Lois, my fourth grade teacher. They made it so much fun.

In February, we learned to care for our classmates and to be kind and thoughtful, and we learned of the honesty our great leaders had. George Washington was the "father of our country." That phrase alone gave me comfort, and that Abraham Lincoln was an honest hardworking man, always reading, seeking wisdom and strength to lead us.

What a heritage we have to celebrate. I hope you do.