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In every corner of the country, schools found fun and creative ways to celebrate the 100th day of the school year, from dress-up days to math challenges. Here’s a glimpse at the festivities:
Rock Island elementary students celebrate 100th day of school by dressing like they’re 100 years old
Students at Denkmann Elementary School in Rock Island, IL dressed up as if they were 100 years old, wearing grey wigs and old-fashioned clothing; it was one of several activities they took part in relating to the number 100. Back in November, students also celebrated the 50th day of school by dressing up like it was the 1950s.
Kindergarteners at Gates Elementary School in Grand Island, NE stacked 100 Dixie cups and practiced counting by 10s up to 100. “Math is all about patterns and if we can get those patterns down, then that counting, addition, subtraction and all that is going to be a little easier,” said Kindergarten teacher Tammy Verba. “It also gives [students] something to look forward to as we are doing our countdown to 100 because they will say, ‘It’s only nine days to the 100th day of school.’ So they are starting to bring in their own math.”
First-graders at Greencastle-Antrim Primary School in Greencastle, PA donated more than $1,000 to their local library, by collecting dimes. The annual tradition was just one of the activities students participated in to celebrate the 100th day of school. The library plans to use the money to purchase more than 150 picture and nonfiction books at first- and second- grade reading levels.
St. John’s classes mark 101 days of preschool with ‘101 Dalmatians’
The pre-K and kindergarten programs at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, MD waited for the 101st day of school to celebrate with a Dalmatians theme based on Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel “The Hundred and One Dalmatians.” In addition to dressing up as the spotted-dog breed, students had fun with Dalmatian-themed events including making slime.
The local fire, police, and parks departments in Butte-Silver Bow, MT stopped by West Elementary School for a school-wide celebration. First graders made fruit loop necklaces—with 100 pieces of cereal each—with help from the public servants in attendance. The event was the school’s first ever community building workshop, and they hope to make it an annual tradition.