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||Martin Luther King, Groundhog Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Miss Chambers, Native American, Alta Ridge Elementary School, Holiday Holiday
Sam was working very carefully. He wanted to do his very best work. He was making a calendar for his mother. He wanted to give it to her on her birthday.
He was cutting out a small picture for each holiday. There weren't that many holidays, after all. He thought he should be able to finish the calendar in about an hour.
In January, people celebrate New Year's Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He put a picture of a fat baby on New Year's Day. That one was easy. It was easy to find a picture of Dr. King, too. He was a great man.
In February, the holidays were a bit confusing. Some people celebrate President Lincoln's birthday and President Washington's birthday on the same day. Other people celebrate two different days. It wasn't much trouble to find pictures of both presidents, though. Sam decided to put them together on Presidents' Day. Of course, everyone celebrated Valentine's Day on February 14! Sam carefully glued down a picture of a fancy heart. Oops! He almost forgot to put a picture of the furry little fellow on Groundhog Day. There! February was finished.
Now for March. Sam really liked March. His birthday was on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. He found a shamrock and put it on the March 17 square. Then he glued a picture of a birthday cake on the same day. It was a crowded square! This year Easter would be in March, too. Sam found a picture of a fuzzy rabbit for that square.
Sam worked on the calendar for a long time. He put pictures on the calendar for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Halloween. He glued a picture of a soldier on the square for Veterans' Day. Thanksgiving had a turkey and Christmas had a tree. At last he was finished!
Sam took his calendar to school the next day. He wanted his teacher to see it. She could tell him if he left out any holidays. He took it to her at her desk. She looked at each month carefully.
"Sam, it is beautiful," she said. "You have done such good work. Your mother will really enjoy it."
"Did I leave out any holidays?" Sam asked.Paragraphs 10 to 21:
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