The Daily Ryder

April 3, 2020

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman: An American Hero

In 1820, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. When she was 19, she used something called “the Underground Railroad” to escape to Pennsylvania, a state where slavery was illegal. Actually, the Underground Railroad wasn’t a railroad at all. It was a string of hiding places where escaping slaves could stay as they moved north to states where slavery was outlawed.

After she had gained her freedom in Pennsylvania, Harriet Tubman wasn’t satisfied to stand by and do nothing while other people suffered. So she became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, thus helping others gain their freedom, too. No wonder she earned her place in the history books!

Bright Ideas

Make the World a Better Place!

It is up to each of us to contribute something to this sad and wonderful world.
Eve Arden

Enter school to learn; leave school to serve..
Mary McLeod Bethune

Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
Danny Thomas

Nifty Fifty

About Pennsylvania

It’s a Fact: The capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg.

It’s a Fact: The biggest city in California is Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is the second biggest city in Pennsylvania.

It’s a Fact: Hershey, Pennsylvania is called ChocolateTown, USA because that’s where they make Hershey’s candies.

It’s a Fact: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is also the home of the famous American symbol of freedom: the Liberty Bell.

It’s a Fact: Ben Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, which was the very first zoo in America.

More Fun Facts
Fun Fact: Our sun is part of a huge collection of stars called the Milky Way Galaxy. A beam of light takes over 100,000 years to travel from one side of the Milky Way to the other.

Fun FactBetsy Ross sewed the first American flag (while she was in Philadelphia).

Fun Fact: The U. S. president during the Civil War was Abraham Lincoln.

Fun Fact: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1776. That’s why July 4th is an official American holiday.

Fun Fact: In The Mystery of the Disappearing Dogs, the Ryder family takes their train to California. To get there, the train must go over the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountain range is located in the western United States and in Canada.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
What's the capital of Pennsylvania?
Who was president of the United States during the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln.
Which Pennsylvania city is bigger: Pittsburg or Hershey?
Pittsburg is bigger than Hershey. Philadelphia is the biggest city in Pennsylvania, and Pittsburg is the next biggest.
What did Betsy Ross do?
She sewed the first American flag.
Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a riddle for you:
Which food is never on time?
Go to the Mystery Ryders Web Site

Visit for Fun-to-Read Mysteries, Crossword Puzzles, Word Searches, and Lots More Kid-Friendly Stuff