2017-08-31 / Front Page

LCMS students share their thoughts on real meaning behind Labor Day

Lincoln County Middle School students (front, l-r) Aireal McCauley, Brynlee Bentley, Semmi Patel, and (back) Gavin Heitmann, along with the rest of their class shared their thoughts on “What Labor Day Means to Me” with the community. Lincoln County Middle School students (front, l-r) Aireal McCauley, Brynlee Bentley, Semmi Patel, and (back) Gavin Heitmann, along with the rest of their class shared their thoughts on “What Labor Day Means to Me” with the community. While Labor Day is over 120 years old, having been officially estab­lished as a federal holiday in 1894, the vast majority of the population can’t seem to recall the purpose of its inception, but simply considers it a highly welcomed break from, well, just that – their labors.

However, Lincoln County Middle School’s eighth-grade students pro­vided The Lincoln Journal with a refreshing take on the holiday when asked “What does Labor Day Mean to You?” Some students highlighted the history of the holiday, while others felt as though sincere respect should be paid to America’s work­force and its efforts to build up the country into what it is today. Some even creatively took to lyrical prose and poetry to convey how significant this particular, but seemingly forgot­ten, celebration is.

Bearing their hearts, the students offered their answers as listed be­low:

“Labor Day reminds me of the reds, whites, and blues. All the hard workers that need a break, and fight or work for us no matter what’s at stake. They’re strong and sometimes need a helping hand. They work to build beautiful houses on their land. Sometimes workers, called farmers, bring food to our tables, and can help us in need when we’re unstable. Just one day we can spend all of our time with family, happily. When we’re at school or work, it’s stressful, but at home we can be restful. Even though working makes you successful, everyone needs a little time to be forgetful and to soak in life.

– Carlin Gibson

“Labor Day means a lot to me

Like reading a book or drinking some tea

We’re off from school

Which is so cool

We relax and sleep

And only get up when the birds cheep

But when we wake up and there is nowhere to go

And all we know

Is that we have school tomorrow

And that really blows

But we won’t spend the rest of our time in woe

We’ll snuggle down and enjoy our favorite show

Even though school’s only a few hours away

We still have time to rest and play

Because after all it’s still Labor Day”

– Naomi Partridge

“To me, Labor Day is a chance to spend time with my family and sleep in a little. My father works sever days a week, and Labor Day gives me a chance to talk to him. I usually spend the day not doing much, but I appreciate the time that I get to spend with my family while they enjoy their day off. To be hon­est, we usually just stay at home and relax. My stepsisters come over sometimes and we walk to my Grandma’s and make candy. This holiday is important to me, because everyone deserves a day off to spend with their family.”

– Charlotte Hodnett

“To me, Labor Day means mostly a day you don’t have to go to school, while others say that after Labor Day you aren’t supposed to wear white again until Easter. In the U.S. and Canada, Labor Day takes place on the first Monday in September, but in other countries it is celebrated on May 1st. But, what most people don’t know is that Labor Day has a historical meaning from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. During these times, workers complained about poor working conditions. Workers across the country went on strike due to the poor working con­ditions, causing factories to close for days at a time. So, the government decided to set aside one day where workers could take the day off, Labor Day.”

– Brynnlee Bentley

“Labor Day means to me that the bottom level employees can do anything in a company when they come together. I think of this be­cause Labor Day was created when the employees of the big compa­nies were complaining about poor working conditions and boycotted working at the companies. This is a testament to the struggles of the “everyday Joe,” the commoner, or whatever you want to call the aver­age working person in America. That any corporate CEO can’t work his or her employees without any breaks, because we’re in America, and everyone is free. Free to work anywhere, and get a break from that job anywhere. That’s what Labor Day means to me. It means that anyone who feels like they have the worst job in history, they can still say that they get Labor Day off.”

– Gavin Heitmann

“Labor Day is important to me because I get to “relax.” I get the morning to myself, but when ev­eryone gets up I work like crazy. I do get to sit down and play The Sims sometimes. I might even be able to play with my kitten, Chara Dreemurr, or go to the lake with my family. I’ll most likely watch a lot of YouTube.”

– Erin Hendrick

“Labor Day to me means a day off from school. I can spend time with family and friends. For young kids, they can play at home without their parents saying, “I have to go to work.” For adults, Labor Day is a day to relax or do things around the house. For teens, they can have a day free from the stress of school. Labor Day is a day for everyone to swallow their pride and respect each other for the things that they do in their daily lives, because without some­one to clean the school, the school would be dirty. Without someone to cook food, people wouldn’t have anything to eat. Labor Day is the day everyone thanks and respects each other. That is what Labor Day means to me.”

– Aireal Mccauley

“Labor Day to me is when every­one gets a day off of work so they can honor the contributions that workers have made to strengthen the country. So, to me on Labor Day I feel like just going around saying, “Thank you!” to everyone who has helped this country become better. I know there are parades that are held to appreciate all the people who have helped the country, which to me is a great thing, and I hope that parades will always be held to ap­preciate the workers. That is what Labor Day means to me.”

– Semmi Patel

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