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Scarsdale Kids in the Red for Valentine's Day

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Kathy Leary's kindergarten class at Heathcote elementary school was in the red Tuesday, but it had nothing to do with the school district budget. The children wore red for Valentine's Day, which was only half the reason to celebrate the day. It was also the 100th day of the school year, a landmark they'd been looking forward to all year.

"Every day this year we've marked the day," said Leary, who has been teaching in Scarsdale for 17 years, 11 at Heathcote. "Each day we turn over another number on our 100 chart," she said, pointing to a chart on the wall. We group straws, count by 10's. We're studying place values."

The pupils, working in pairs, were all busily applying 100 stickers to their Valentine's Day hearts. One would place the stickers while the other kept a chart. Then they switched places so all would have a sticker-filled heart to take home – with 100 stickers.

"All the families sent in a package or two of stickers," Leary said. "That's why we have such a great variety."

Leary had other activities planned for the afternoon, including making a chain of 100 small paper clips and then predicting how long a chain of 100 large paper clips will be, guessing who can do 100 jumping jacks and seeing how far 100 steps would take everyone from the kindergarten wing to walk.

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