Students get creative to mark 100 school days
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Students get creative to mark 100 school days

    Kindergarteners from Elon Park Elementary School in south Charlotte show their 100 valentines for Levine Children’s Hospital. The effort was part of a schoolwide 100 days of school celebration.
    Students, from left, Catherine O’Sullivan, Ethan Gramaglia and Eden Ginley, with boxtops their class collected.

The 100th day of school, Feb. 7, was more than a step closer to summer vacation for students at Elon Park Elementary School in south Charlotte.

On that day, kindergarteners through fifth-graders at Elon Park represented the number 100 in various ways, all reflecting compassion, responsibility and generosity.

“This is the first year of this type of schoolwide 100thday celebration. We plan to make it an annual event. Each class decided upon their individual 100 goals and have been working toward achieving them since Jan. 6,” said Melissa Toner, Elon Park Library media specialist.

Approximately 1,500 items were donated to four local nonprofits as a result of this initiative. The recipients were Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, A Child’s Place, Humane Society of Charlotte and Levine Children’s Hospital.

Goals reflected each grade level and ranged from kindergarteners making 100 Valentine’s Day cards for Levine Children’s Hospital to fifth-graders recycling 100 plastic bottles.

“This idea for each class to work toward achieving a goal of 100 for the 100th day of school came from our new school pride group, The Eagle Committee,” Toner said. “The 100 Day goals is one of the many ways we are showing our school pride throughout this year. … The motivation was for students to come together and build community while working collaboratively to reach their goals.”

All 48 classes at Elon Park had 100 percent participation. Each class chose goals that aligned with the class’ personalities.

Third-graders exceeded their goal of picking up 100 pieces of trash around school by collecting more than 500 pieces. Third-graders completed 100 miles of physical activity walking, running and biking.

Another first-grade class surpassed its goal of donating 100 items to the Ronald McDonald House with a gift of more than 300 items.

“We plan to expand upon our success next year by encouraging all classes to work on two 100 goals, one school-based and one community-based. We like the idea of taking our 100th day celebration beyond our school walls to give back,” Toner said.

Elisabeth Podair is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Elisabeth? Email her at

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