Suggestions for Celebrating the 100th Day of School
You may have read a recent letter from three national organizations about transforming “Dress Like a 100-Year-Old Day” into a different kind of event: one that celebrates centenarians instead of parodying them or reducing them to stereotypes.
The Pioneer Network, LeadingAge, and The Eden Alternative® are working to make the world a better place to grow old in. We’re using this letter to catalyze the first nationwide direct action against ageism—and we’re asking for your help. We know you’re busy, so we’re collecting ideas for ways to observe the 100th day of school that celebrate long life—and are fun for young learners!
Here are a few ideas, and scroll down for more below...
★Ask kids to dress similar to the way kids dressed 100 years ago.
★Invite a centenarian to speak to your class (either in person or via Skype). Ask them about what school was like when they were a kid, what games or sports they played, what kind of chores they did, what foods they like best, what changes they’ve seen, and their hopes for the world.
★Take a field trip to a nearby aging services organization (use to find one). Do an engaging craft or other activity with elders, and talk about what it’s like to be 100, or nearly 100 years old.
★Gather stories about older people and share them with your class. Students’ families may have stories, or you can pull from books like If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians or If I Live to Be 100: The Wisdom of Centenarians.
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