Hello to All Our Flat Ginger Friends!

We are a group of 23 second graders at the Peirce School in Arlington, Massachusetts. Our school houses about 230 students from K-5. Arlington is a suburban community just outside of our state capital of Boston. As a matter of fact, two of our classmates live in the urban center of Boston and travel to school each day on a bus.

Arlington is a very old town and has much history related to the Revolutionary War. In those days its name was not Arlington, it was Menotomy. Every town has many special aspects - one of Arlington’s is that it is the place where Uncle Sam was born! Uncle Sam was a real person named Samuel Wilson and he was born on September 13, 1766. He was eight years old when Paul Revere rode by on his famous “Midnight Ride.” That’s why your Flat Ginger Friend is wearing an Uncle Sam hat.

Your Ginger Friend is holding a copy of “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. This book is our official state children’s book. There is a wonderful set of statues of the duck family in our Public Gardens in Boston. Ginger Friend has a tee-shirt with a ladybug which is our state insect and also the theme of our class this year, and we bet you could guess that the flag is our state flag. The red nose stands for the official state beverage ~ cranberry juice. Lots of cranberries are grown in Massachusetts. Here are some other Massachusetts state symbols:
  • State tree ~ American Elm
  • State flower ~ Mayflower
  • State bird ~ Black-capped chickadee
  • State marine mammal ~ Right whale
  • State cookie ~ Chocolate chip
We are having a grand time learning about different communities across our great United States. Thanks to all who have already sent ginger friends and we look forward to receiving more from all of those on our list. We’d also like to thank Ms. Elliott for hosting this great project!
...Hugs, Ms. Jacoby and Class

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