When I was in school, that was about the extent of our 100th Day of School celebration. In fact, we rarely even knew it was the 100th day of school unless someone's parent checked the calendar and let us know. I remember elementary just and endless string of days until suddenly, out of nowhere, summer had arrived. Now, I'm told things are a little different. The 100th Day of School is used as a "learning opportunity" to teach kids about numbers. Students count 100 objects, dress up like they might look when they're 100, write letters to their 100 year-old selves, and predict what the world will be like 100 years from now. Actually that last one isn't too bad, I might use that in class today.
The point is...there's a lot more fluff associated with the little days than when I was in school and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. Is it "a waste of time that takes away valuable learning opportunities" or is it "something fun and engaging that makes the learning come alive for students!" Is it a "tremendous waste of a day and taxpayer resources" or is it "an authentic, project-based, design-thinking, empathy-infused, growth-mindset model of teaching!" ? The line between the two is tricky sometimes. While I'm sure doing anything with Kindergarten and 1st Grade has some merit (most of their learning occurs simply due to their parents/home-lives/growing up anyway) it does add to already full slate of elementary school parties parents are forced to support. As long as the Halloween parade is still in effect and students are still making handprint turkeys for Thanksgiving, maybe the 100th Day of School should be kept to a minor holiday...like Boxing Day or something.
Of course my Seniors aren't excited about the "celebration" aspect of today, but it does bring them closer to the reality that they're almost out of here. With 2284 days of school complete, they're now looking at their final 82 before they're on the bigger and better things. Hopefully these 100 Days as a Senior have been a great victory lap...and now they can start considering their final moves in the last four months.