100 ways to mark 100 school days

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Counting to 100 by ones and by tens is an expectation for every kindergartner.

So, when students in Shelia Bunch’s kindergarten marked the 100th day of school this week, their activities included making a hat with 100 stickers and making a necklace with 100 Cheerios.

“They love counting to 100. Counting is going to take them a long way. Throughout life they will be counting,” said Bunch, a Jones Elementary School teacher.

Out in the hall, student projects were on display emphasizing that big number.

“Students had to bring in projects that represented 100,” said Jones Elementary’s principal, Liz Jenkins. “Some of them brought in 100 cards. Some of them brought in 100 stickers, pennies, straws, feathers. Right here we have 100 hearts kissing 100 days of school away. This child even had a poster of 100 lollipops. We have a variety of items brought in for 100-day projects — 100 puzzle pieces, 100 rubber bands, 100 Cheetos and 100 letters for the 100 days of school.”

Down the hall, kindergartners, first- and second-graders were asked to write 100 reasons why they love their school on 100 paper hearts.

The hearts were assembled in a display collectively forming giant hearts.

“I love doing work, I love centers, I love the cafeteria staff,” the hearts read.

In Elm City, students at Frederick Douglass Elementary School joined other Wilson County public schools in celebrating the 100-day milestone.

“We consider the 100th day of school like a big celebration,” said Annette Faison, principal. “It is a celebration of learning is what it is. You have been here for 100 days. Think about all of the things you have accomplished so far in the school year.

“You have just made the biggest day in the school year other than the first day and the last day of school,” she said. “It is kind of like that middle point. We are halfway through the school year. Look at what you have done and celebrate that.”

Teacher Tammy Autry is not a math teacher, but still she figured out ways to celebrate 100 days.

“We can incorporate it in math, but because I only teach literacy, I have incorporated in my literacy centers where they have to read a small book and write about 100 things,” Autry said. “They have to write 100 sight words. They are building 100 shapes with Lincoln logs like a STEM project. Some of them just collected 100 objects, and some of them actually made posters with their 100th day.

“They could either do a project or they could collect 100 items,” she said. “It did not matter as long as they had 100 items represented for the 100th day of school.

“They have to be able to count to 100 by ones and by tens and also with one of our centers, they had to put a puzzle together by tens, and once they put the puzzle together it (made) a sentence and they had to read the sentence.

“That is a requirement of a kindergarten student,” Autry said. “They absolutely love the 100th day of school. We do anything with 100 all day long.”

Over the top of Autry’s classroom, there is a poster that reads “You are 100 days smarter.”

“What you know now on this 100th day is more than what you knew when you first walked into this school,” Faison said.

“We want to celebrate that learning. All grades do something different. Every teacher has a different spin on what they do for the 100th day of school.”