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Grundy Bank brings Lincoln to local schools

MORRIS – Third-grade student Angelina Nushardt was surprised to find the Abraham Lincoln impersonator who spoke to her Saratoga class Tuesday was not the real president.

“I thought he was real. Like, really, really real,” she said after the Abe and Mary look-alikes revealed to students they were not actually Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln.

The couple visited Saratoga, Immaculate Conception School and White Oak Elementary students Tuesday morning as part of Grundy Bank’s 150-year celebration.

“We opened the bank in 1864, when Lincoln was president,” Grundy Bank President Kevin Olson said. “We thought having him visit the schools would be a good way to give back to the community. The kids’ eyes were priceless when they saw him.”

Before each assembly, bank manager Jennifer Hock told students a bit about Grundy Bank’s history, so students could grasp how long ago the bank opened.

The Lincolns gave each school 30-minute presentations. Students pulled on Mr. Lincoln’s beard, learned about the 13th Amendment and answered questions about the U.S. Constitution.

“The kids have had a really good response,” Saratoga principal Joe Zweeres said. “It’s great to have a business in town supporting the schools.”

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