Presidents' Day

A Celebration of Leadership and Legacy

Presidents’ Day is a time-honored American holiday that not only commemorates the birthdays of two influential U.S. presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but also celebrates the broader concept of leadership and the impact of those who have held the highest office in the land.
Abraham Lincoln and George Washington

Celebrating American Legacy!

At Kasa de Franko Fun Spanish School, we take this opportunity to explore the significance of Presidents’ Day, reflecting on the qualities that make great leaders and the enduring legacies they leave behind.

Presidents' Day Abraham Lincoln

The Origins of Presidents’ Day

Originally established as Washington’s Birthday in 1885: The concept of Presidents’ Day traces its roots back to the celebration of George Washington’s birthday. In 1885, the federal government officially designated February 22nd as a federal holiday to honor the first President of the United States. Washington’s Birthday quickly gained popularity as a day to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the nation’s founding father.
Washington Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day: A Federal Holiday

Presidents’ Day officially became a federal holiday in 1971: The evolution of Washington’s Birthday into Presidents’ Day took a significant turn in 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was enacted. This legislation aimed to provide more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers by moving the celebration of Washington’s Birthday to the third Monday in February. The change was part of a broader effort to encourage retail sales and tourism.
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Celebrating Washington and Lincoln

The date, the third Monday in February, was chosen to honor both Washington’s February 22nd birthday and Lincoln’s February 12th birthday: While the holiday retained its original purpose of honoring George Washington, the decision to shift the celebration to the third Monday in February had an additional purpose. It was intended to include Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is on February 12th. By combining the recognition of these two influential presidents, the holiday took on a more inclusive and symbolic meaning, embracing the leadership of both Washington and Lincoln.

Legacy of Washington & Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln in his Birthday

George Washington

Washington’s legacy is deeply rooted in his role as a military leader during the American Revolutionary War. He led the Continental Army to victory against the British, securing the independence of the United States. As the first President, Washington set crucial precedents for the office, shaping the presidency into the institution it is today. His voluntary relinquishment of power after two terms established the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power. Washington’s Farewell Address, a poignant speech delivered at the end of his presidency, offered guidance on issues such as foreign relations and the dangers of political factions, leaving a lasting impact on the nation’s political philosophy.
The American Revolutionary

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln’s legacy is defined by his leadership during one of the nation’s most challenging periods, the Civil War. His commitment to preserving the Union and abolishing slavery has left an indelible mark on American history. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by Lincoln in 1863, declared slaves in Confederate states to be free. This pivotal moment in history was a crucial step toward ending slavery and advancing civil rights. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered in 1863, is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. It emphasized the principles of equality and democracy, reinforcing the ideals upon which the nation was founded.
The Civil War

Appreciation for our American Leaders

In summary, the evolution of Presidents’ Day from Washington’s Birthday to a celebration honoring both Washington and Lincoln reflects the enduring legacy of these two remarkable leaders. Their contributions to the founding and preservation of the United States continue to shape the nation and are remembered annually on Presidents’ Day. At Kasa De Franko, we foster appreciation for our American leaders and the nation’s legacy. Let’s explore four of the many opportunities students have to broaden their Spanish language skills while learning about our nation’s leadership and heritage.
Abraham Lincoln Monument

Celebrating Leadership

Presidents’ Day serves as a tribute to the leadership qualities exhibited by Washington and Lincoln, as well as other U.S. presidents. Kasa de Franko Fun Spanish School encourages students to explore the characteristics of effective leaders, such as integrity, resilience, and a commitment to service.
Me as a Leadership with my Team

Educational Activities

In the spirit of learning, our school organizes engaging and educational activities related to U.S. history, presidential speeches, and the democratic process. Students have the opportunity to participate in discussions, quizzes, and creative projects that highlight the achievements and challenges faced by various presidents.
Learning Spanish to be a Leader

Leadership Lessons in Spanish

As a Spanish language school, Kasa de Franko emphasizes the importance of leadership across cultures and languages. Students explore leadership concepts in both English and Spanish, broadening their understanding of how leadership is perceived and expressed in different linguistic contexts.
Leadership lessons in Spanish

Presidential Profiles

Students are encouraged to research, to present and to use our blog to post on the lives and accomplishments of different U.S. presidents, fostering a deeper appreciation for the diverse leadership styles that have shaped our nation. This activity promotes language skills, research abilities, and public speaking confidence among our students. Students are encouraged to write their essays in Spanish—if possible.
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More than a Day Off

Presidents’ Day at Kasa de Franko Fun Spanish School is more than a day off; it’s an opportunity for students to delve into the rich history of the United States, exploring the leadership qualities that have defined its presidents.
Presidents' Day

More American Heroes?

If interested in learning about more American heroes, check out our blog, especially our articles: Hispanic Honor on Veterans’ Day, Veterans’ Day: Big Holiday & Memorial Day, The Kasa De Franko Way.
United States flag

Wanna Learn Romance?

If you are up for learning new sexy phrases in Spanish, visit our blog section: Things Spanish People Say in Bed. You’ll learn how to say “I love you” in Spanish among other sensual phrases.
Lovely Kiss

Ready for Some Language Funnies?

Certainly, expressions like “¡Feliz Ano Nuevo!“, “¡Me Gusta la Chucha de tu Madre!” or “Can I molestate you?” might spark some amusing stories. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that language learning revolves around respect and cultural sensitivity. Embrace the richness of languages and immerse yourself in the vibrancy of the Spanish-speaking world.
Embarrassed Girl

Into Legends and Folktales?

We invite you to visit our section where you can find stories about la LLorona, la Ciguapa, El Sexi Chupacabras and other mythical beings in the Hispanic tradition. To introduce you into the Spanish culture, we offer you Free Spanish Lesson: Click the red button at the end! Stop by to check out our Presidents’ Sales next!
Scared Man of Legends

Don’t Miss Our President’s Sale!

Our Prime Time Beginners 1 Program has a 30% off and the rest of our beginner and intermediate levels have a 20% off. All of our Premium Private & Semiprivate have a ¨Up to 30% Off.¨ Explore our Learn Spanish Speaking Program to discover the perfect tutor for you, all at a cost of less than $10 per session. Take advantage of our exclusive “Up to 30%” discount packages—don’t miss out! Discover the joy of language learning with our Family Lessons at a 30% discount! Join in the fun with your kiddo and strengthen family bonds through learning together. Our children’s private programs also feature an “Up to 30% Off” discount. Plus, enjoy a $100 discount on all group lessons for kids. Throughout the year, check out our Spanish Socials to join other languages enthusiasts and put into practice your Spanish skills. The adventure of learning awaits!
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Join Us for a Free Lesson!

Kasa De Franko, a well-established language school in San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area, is offering free online Spanish classes for President’s Day. Don’t miss the opportunity to get started with your Spanish learning journey! Click on the red button for a Free Spanish Class and get inspired the way our American heroes did. Always remember…
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