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Lincoln Re-Enactor Visits Ben Franklin Second-Graders

Abraham Lincoln, played by Michael Griest, visited Ben Franklin Elementary second-graders.
Abraham Lincoln, played by Michael Griest, visited Ben Franklin Elementary second-graders. Photo Credit: Contributed
Abraham Lincoln, played by Michael Griest, visited Ben Franklin Elementary second-graders.
Abraham Lincoln, played by Michael Griest, visited Ben Franklin Elementary second-graders. Photo Credit: Contributed
Second-graders were amazed at Griest's likeness to Abraham Lincoln.
Second-graders were amazed at Griest's likeness to Abraham Lincoln. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Michael Griest, a Lakeland resident, portrayed Abraham Lincoln to second-graders at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.

Griest is a veteran re-enactor and a retired teacher. The presentation expanded the students' knowledge of the elements of biographies, which is part of the second-grade ELA/SS curriculum. Griest's portrayal of the 16th president of the United States focused on characteristics of people who demonstrate courage and determination to improve themselves and their surroundings. The students and teachers were amazed at this physical appearance and realistic dialogue.

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