Teachers mark 100th day of school in unusual way

By Bryan Richardson

Some people age faster than others. Sometimes, it appears to happen overnight.

When Theodore Roosevelt teachers came back to school Monday for the 100th day of classes, they had a decidedly older look about them.

Kindergarten teachers Chris Payne and Jane Scruggs invited other teachers to celebrate the 100th day of the school year by becoming 100 years old for the day. About a dozen people participated including a couple of students.

Payne said he got the idea from a fellow teacher on Facebook and Scruggs agreed to join him.

It was one of at least a few local observances of that point in the approximately 180-day school year Monday. Students in a kindergarten class at Flint Hills Christian School also marked the day, doing so by constructing a tower using 100 Dixie cups.

Payne said he enjoyed seeing his coworkers at Roosevelt get in the spirit of the 100th day. “The best was seeing the other staff,” Payne said. “That’s when I laughed the hardest.”

Payne and Scruggs played up their new age for their kindergarten students, who were eager to play along with their teachers.

“A few were shocked,” Scruggs said. “Several thought it was quite funny. One student helped walk me to my classroom.”

The teachers were suddenly hard-of-hearing and walked slower than usual. This gave the opportunity for some playful interaction.

“Mr. Payne, do you like the sun?” one girl asked. “I like my son and my daughter both,” he replied.

Other than the chance to laugh at their teachers, the 100th day gave the teachers a chance to utilize what they’ve been teaching the kindergarteners since school started.

The students made trail mix with 100 pieces, using sets of 10 to count them out. They also wrote about what they didn’t know 100 days ago.

Principal Andrea Tiede was one of the participants as she brought her walker. “I thought what a fun way to celebrate 100 days of school,” she said.

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