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Students - Today's poem is a holiday poem, a math poem, and a riddle poem! The other day, when I sat down to write, I got thinking about what a special year this is...leap year! I stopped to think about those with birthdays on February 29 and how they can only celebrate their true birth date every four years.
Writing a math riddle poem is a neat little exercise. Just come up with a math problem in your head (or on paper) and then play around with it and with words, turning it into a verse.
Having a leap year birthday puts a person in a special sort of club, much like being a lefty. And so of course, there is a group you can belong to. It's called The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies. You can read about why founder Peter Brouwer founded this group here at the LOS ANGELES TIMES.
Did you know that there is a special newspaper that only comes out on leap days? It's in France, and it's called La Bougie du Sapeur!
To read about some children who have leap year birthdays, check out THE WASHINGTON POST. To read a bout a leap year couple, check out npr. Too, npr has some suggestions about how to spend this extra 24 hours...
And now for a few words from Marilla, NY native, Scott Gowanlock, about having a leap year birthday.
I love having a leap year birthday because I can trick people when they ask my actual birthday. They don't actually believe I am actually five years old, so when I show them my license, they are amazed. Also, 75% of the time I can have a 2-day birthday because I was born in February so we celebrate it on the 28th, but I was also born the day after the 28th which is March 1. This gives me a 2-day birthday! We usually celebrate it on whichever weekend falls closest to the day, either before or after.
When I was born, I was supposed to be on the news as I was the first Buffalo leap year baby born in 1992. However, on that same day, a woman had her second leap year baby so they interviewed her instead.
Thank you, Scott. Happy birthday!
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