by Lisa Tome
With so many weather related closures this year, it's been hard to determine just when the 100th day of school would be held.
North East Elementary celebrated on Tuesday, February 13.
"Today is the 100th day of school and our kindergarten is doing all kinds of neat things," said Principal Lisa Lowe.
One hundred is a benchmark for kindergarten students. When those children enter kindergarten, the goal is that by the end of the year, they can all count to 100. Many have achieved that goal ahead of schedule.
Paula Kuchta's kindergarten class took the 100 day project seriously. Students were assigned the task of bringing 100 to life. Kuchta asked her class to bring, wear, or show 100 of something and bring it to school. One student, Vincent brought 100 lollipops. Luna, another student demonstrated 100 times two. She created a centipede with 50 legs on each side. She then attached 100 plastic gems to the insect. One student placed 100 gummy worms in a bed of Oreo dirt inside a jar. "We want them to have a concept of 100 in quantity," said Kuchta. "This is a development skill to help them move on to the next level."
Student Elizabeth, connected 100 paperclips in a chain. "It took forever," said Elizabeth. In this case "forever" was four days. There was also a jar of 100 marbles, Student Landon drew 100 stars and his mother helped cut them out and glue them on posterboard.
Kuchta's class also ate snacks made from 100 items. And they did 100 exercises in the classroom in groups of 10 - 10 lunges, 10 sit-ups, 10 push-ups and more. The students also spent the day wearing crowns showing the number 100.
Other classes did similar activities. Mrs. Clewer's kindergarten class all chipped in 100 small snack foods. Mrs. Wexler's class did the same. One of the classes also watched a movie about one hundred.