McKinley National Memorial Association
Teachers, school children and students
in all the educational institutions of the United States have shown
a deep interest in the movement of the McKinley National Memorial
Association to fittingly mark the last resting place of William
McKinley with a memorial that shall be typical of those exalted
qualities of character, simplicity, dignity, devotion to duty and
high ideals that were so eminently exemplified in his life and purposes.
This memorial is to rise above the grave at Canton, Ohio, where
he will finally rest in accord with his own expressed wish.
William McKinley’s life appeals to
every American boy and girl. He was the average country youth, a
wage earner and a private soldier, a worker and a student. A monument
to William McKinley is a monument to American manhood and strong,
self-reliant, industrious, persevering youth. No president of the
last quarter of a century has been 
more loved by the children of the Union than William McKinley. His
life appealed to them; his kindly ways, his calm dignity, the very
look from the eyes, told of the gentleness that made little children
go to him and love him. Everywhere the offerings of the school children
have been freely given for the building of this memorial. Could
the dead lips speak, it is safe to say, it would be in gratification
at the evidence of the love of the children.
In public and parochial schools, attended
alike by the children of the rich and poor, public offerings often
cause suffering to sensitive pu[p]ils. A plan has been suggested
that will do away with this; each pup[i]l is su[p]plied with an
envelope on which he or she will place the na[m]e and home address.
This envelope is sealed and handed to the teacher, who sends it
to the designated treasurer for record, and in order that the souvenir
certificate may later be sent. In this way, no one knows the amount
of the contribution or whether one was given at all. This souvenir
certificate is given in recognition of the offering and does not
state the amount.
Another admirable plan is for each
class to contribute; special acknowledgement [sic] will be made
to such classes by the trustees. These plans may be put in operation
anywhere. The envelopes should be sent to the treasurer of the local
auxiliary, _________ _________, or should be transmitted to
Myron T. Herrick, Treasurer of the McKinley National Memorial Association,