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01/26/06

Kindergartners Earn Curious George Visit

Students in Leigh Harris' kindergarten class at Bloomingdale Elementary went bananas today. It's the 100th day of school, something the kids have been eagerly awaiting.

"We've been counting down to 100 and we've been doing projects," said student Blake Zettler.

"It gives the kids something to look forward to," said Harris. "It's a big deal counting down, it helps us with numbers and what combination of numbers makes up 100."

Harris is helping the kindergartners learn their math skills by doing projects to celebrate the 100th day of school, like putting together goody bags with ten pieces of ten different snacks.

And the kids love it. "I learned, without the teacher helping me, to count to 100," said student Hunter West.

"On the 100th day of school, we get to have fun," said classmate Michaelyn VanBrackle.

The students also won a national contest for their efforts, which included the entire collection of Curious George books, and a visit from the famous monkey himself.

Harris' class combined their counting skills with their favorite book character to celebrate the school year milestone. "We're using Curious George books," said Harris. "Pick a book like Curious George Flies a Balloon, so we made 100 balloons and put them together with Curious George. We're using math skills, but taking a concept from a book and using that too."

The visit was a reward the kids didn't monkey around about.  "He's funny, but it's just somebody in a suit, we all know that," said Hunter.

The special visit and projects are giving kids another reason to be excited about school.

This class is one of just ten in the country to win the national contest. They also won free tickets to see the Curious George movie when it opens in a few weeks.

Reported by: Melanie Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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