Monday, April 9, 2012

“Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move”

Easter Monday is a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not Scotland.  It is not a federal holiday in USA though they hold a very special celebration in their capital city: “White House Easter Egg Roll”.

The White House held a poster competition and invited elementary and middle school students nationwide to submit poster designs for the 2012 Easter Egg Roll. Students from over 20 states submitted entries. First Lady Michelle Obama selected the winning poster announcing the day. It was created by Breonna Bailey, a 7th grader from Macfarland Middle School in Washington DC. Breonna is 13 years old. The poster incorporates the event theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move”, promoting health and wellness in support of the First Lady’s Let's Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. We are very lucky to have our own Let's Move initiative at Martiricos promoted by Dr Jesús Barrera, one of our PE teachers.

Easter Monday Egg Roll is a big race on the lawn of the White House in Washington DC, sometimes even the President takes part in it. Eggs are rolled down a hill or slope and there is a variety of activities, as well as food and entertainment, for families.

Easter Monday Egg Roll originated on the grounds of the United States Capitol by the mid 1870s. President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling on 1978 Easter Monday. Successive Presidents continued the tradition, and the event has been held on the South Lawn ever since.
The White House estimates more than 35,000 people will participate, including Dora the Explorer, Katsuma and Poppet from the Moshi Monsters game, Alex the Lion from “Madagascar 3.”

The children attending the event take part in many activities, but rolling a hard-boiled egg across the lawn is still a highlight of the day.

At the end of the day as egg rollers say goodbye, each receives a special presidential wooden egg complete with the signatures of the President and the First Lady. 
The White House Easter egg collection involves a tradition that began in 1994 where each state sends a decorated egg to the White House for display.

Here in Málaga it is not bank holiday, but it is the beginning of our last term before summer holidays. This is the time to study hard to pass all your exams in June and have a wonderful time free from school homework.

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