Tonganoxie Tonganoxie school children spent Oct. 8-14 commemorating the centennial of Dwight D. Eisenhower's birth with a new Eisenhower Research Center and a variety of educational activities.
Roberta Michael, district library director, and Marilyn Daniels, language arts director, received a $465 grant earlier this year through the Southwestern Bell Foundation for their project, "Eisenhower Centennial Commemoration Reference-Research Center."
The money purchased video tapes, books, Eisenhower memorabilia and other materials for the center, which was established at the Tonganoxie Junior High School.
In conjunction with the new research center, a number of teachers scheduled activities to help students learn about the famous statesman. Junior high students viewed the video "In Quest of Peace," a biographical presentation of Eisenhower's life and accomplishments. Elementary school classes watched videos, wrote research papers and worked on several writing activities related to Eisenhower.
The School Volunteers combined "Reading is Fun" activities with the centennial by asking each student to present a fact about Eisenhower when picking up RIF books. The facts were then listed and displayed on a large poster. The youngsters also made bookmarks and handprint flags that read "Hands Off to Ike and RIF."
Other activities included creating quilt block designs similar to those which might have been used by Eisenhower's mother, drawing portraits of Eisenhower and displaying highlights of his life history, learning about the Eisenhower Center in Abilene, and discussing materials available for students in the new research center.