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A SPECIAL REPORT: PRESIDENTS DAY

What’s in a Name?

How appropriate that six Valley-area high schools, all off to celebrate Presidents Day, are named after U.S. presidents: James Monroe in North Hills, Grover Cleveland in Reseda, William Taft in Woodland Hills, Ulysses Grant in Van Nuys, John Kennedy in Granada Hills and Herbert Hoover in Glendale.

Big Bash

Ronald Reagan was the country’s 40th president and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Museum in Simi Valley will celebrate today with festivities that include a foot race, Dixieland and barbershop music, presidential look-alikes, games and refreshments. . . . You can even take the Ronald Reagan Freeway to get there. Admission is free.

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In the Money

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was actually on Feb. 12. . . . In honor of the nation’s 16th president, students at Arminta Street Elementary School in North Hollywood collected the coins that bear his profile. They ended up with $352 in pennies. That’s more than 700 rolls. The money will be donated to the Starlight Foundation, a charity that helps children who are terminally ill or facing long hospital stays. “The hardest part was getting someone to take our pennies,” said teacher Tami Schwartz, who organized the drive. “No one but Brink’s would do it, so that’s where we took them.”


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