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A preschool student adds a paper heart to a large paper cutout of the number 100.

The 100th day of school is a milestone event for Fridley Preschool students. On February 16, preschool students and their parents/guardians celebrated this occasion by participating in a variety of “100” themed activities in the Fridley Community Center gym. 

Two separate celebrations accommodate both morning and afternoon preschool sessions. During the morning session, the preschool students had extra special helpers at each of the activity stations. Eighth-grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students from Fridley Middle School were there to run each activity. 

“Students in AVID have required community service that is part of our class. This semester the students were in charge of organizing their own community service opportunities,” explained Elise Mulville, 7th grade science and 8th grade AVID elective teacher at Fridley Middle School. “Several students were interested in volunteering with younger kids so they emailed preschool teachers to see if this was an option. The teachers wrote back and we coordinated for this event!”

The middle school students demonstrated patience and kindness while helping the preschool students in various activities. The preschool students in turn enjoyed having an older student there to help guide them. Preschool staff were ecstatic to build this partnership between FMS and the preschool. 

“My students LOVED spending time at the preschool!” beamed Mulville. “They were asking if they could stay longer or when they could go back!”