Lewis portrays Theodore Roosevelt at annual Presidents Day event

Students in Allison White’s sixth-grade classroom at Southside Elementary School stood side-by-side, right hand to their foreheads, as they prepared to salute the nation’s youngest commander-in-chief.

For 23 years, Columbus East High School history teacher Greg Lewis has undergone a complete transformation into a former U.S. president for Presidents Day. His goal is to look as authentic as possible.

On Presidents Day Monday, after donning a black coat with tails, a thick gray mustache and a pair of Pince-nez eyeglasses, Theodore Roosevelt was in the building.

“Over the years, I try to find different things to do. This year I’m going to lay out a few artifacts and have them try to be historic sleuths to figure out why these particular things are included,” he said.

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