Young Peggy Heller Students Celebrate 100th Day of School — Merced County Times
From bottom, clockwise, leadership students Peggy Heller Liesl Schwartz (7th grade), Melanie Martinez (7th grade), Lauren Melander (8th grade), Emma Flores (8th grade), Amara Rhodes (8th grade) collected food from classrooms across the school to celebrate the 100th day of school.
Left to right, Merced County Food Bank driver Terrance Storey picks up food items collected by Peggy Heller leadership students Emma Flores (8th grade), Amara Rhodes (8th grade), Liesl Schwartz (7th grade grade), Melanie Martinez (7th grade), Lauren Melander (8th grade). Students celebrated the 100th day of school by giving back to the community.
Carrie O’Bara, a transitional kindergarten teacher at Peggy Heller School in Atwater, created a fun and educational celebration of the 100th day of the school year for her 19 students, which they enjoyed on January 25.
The 100th day of school is an exciting time for elementary students. It’s an opportunity to reflect on milestones in students’ academic achievements and it’s a great way for elementary teachers to celebrate the various math concepts that can be taught using the number 100.
O’Bara told The Times, “We count each school day and celebrate when we get to 100. We introduce the number 100 in a way that makes sense to them, although it’s not a TK standard. “
January 25 was the 100th day of school. TK students practiced doing various activities with 100 – using 100 cups to build, painting 100 dots, making a necklace with 100 beads, counting 100 pebbles, making 10 stacks of 10 Unifix cubes totaling 100.
Students made and wore blue “Thing One hats” with 100 sequins. It was fun pretending to be Thing One, a mischievous character from Dr. Seuss’ famous book, “The Cat in the Hat.”
The kids also collected 100 cans for the Merced County Food Bank and built a structure with them.
Inspired by Peggy Heller’s leadership class, the food drive was another way for all students on campus to celebrate the 100th day by giving back to the community.
“The whole school was amazing with their participation. Many classes were able to reach 100 or very close and the Transitional Kindergarten class even built a tower while they collected their cans,” said Liz Schwartz, Peggy Heller Associate Student Body Leadership Advisor. “Every day I was stopped in the hallway by students telling me how many cans they had brought.”
The school-wide fundraiser collected more than 1,700 food items and Grade 4 classes alone raised the most with 448 items. All food was donated to the Merced County Food Bank.
“We are grateful for the love and support of Peggy Heller,” said Joe Hypes, director of development at Merced County Food Bank. “With so many people in our community still facing food insecurity, this incredible generosity will go to our food pantry sites to help feed people in our community.”
O’Bara, who enjoyed seeing all of her students happily participating in the 100th day celebration, exclaimed, “Everyone did everything!