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January 28, 2013

Students celebrate first 100 days in school

RICHMOND — Dressed in a cardigan adorned with broaches and pearls, six-year-old Katie Hardins stood in front her kindergarten class at Daniel Boone Elementary with the aide of her walker, her hair was speckled with gray. However, Katie was getting around pretty well — especially for a 100-year-old.

Katie gave them three clues: “The colors on my wrapper are brown, white, and red. I’m brown in color. I’m sweet and you like to eat me.”

She selected a few classmates who were quietly raising their hands, eager to take a guess about the 100 objects in her brown paper bag (answer at the bottom of the story).

Senior citizen Gavin Proffitt, 5, wore a blazer, large-rimmed glasses and a straw fedora as he presented his clues to the classroom.

“You can eat it. It has marshmallows. It is crunchy,” Gavin said (answer at the bottom of the story).

Students across the county were celebrating the first 100 days in school Monday by incorporating fun activities with the number.

The celebration was originally scheduled for Friday (Jan. 25), said Erin Stewart, the district’s community education director.

“Ironically, Friday would have marked the 100th day of school and Friday was our one and only snow day (this year),” she said.

Many teachers use the 100-day benchmark as an educational opportunity. In elementary schools, they focus on a learning activity that pertains to that number, such as bringing in 100 items or using groups of 10s to create a better understanding of the concept of 100.

In her classroom, 100 days starts the 77-day countdown to completing kindergarten and becoming a first-grader, said kindergarten teacher Jillian Fichetola.

She also uses this day to work on math skills and “as a little celebration to show we’ve made it so far,” Fichetola said.

Intermediate grades (3-5) might focus on the history of 100 — an event that happened 100 years ago or characteristics of society 100 years ago.

Stewart’s son, a first-grader, brought 100 pop tabs to donate to the annual Pull for Ronald McDonald House contest schools participate in each year, she said.

“He counted out 10 piles of 10 tabs and was proud to have done it without assistance. It was also fun to watch him be a little amazed at just how many 100 is laying on our kitchen table.”

Also during the first 100 days, school attendance had not been affected by the nationwide flu epidemic. Districts across the nation closed schools for several days to combat the spread of the flu, but Madison County Schools has maintained an attendance average just above 95 percent, Stewart said.

Katie’s answer: Tootsie Rolls

Gavin’s answer: Lucky Charms cereal

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.


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