The date for the celebration "kept eluding" Principal Ann Sandine, in her words, as she was trying to plan the event, due to students missing a few days with the recent winter weather.
Students brought one-dollar bills (100 cents) to the program Monday and gave them to teachers Mary Ann DiPuma and Shanda Reilly, and the students counted with Reilly as she laid each batch of 10 one-dollar bills on a table set up on the gym floor.
The money has been designated to go towards the purchase of new playground equipment for the Aurelia City Park, and Aurelia Mayor Jim Ebel and City Council member Dee Keith were present to give a brief explanation of their jobs to the students.
Ebel noted to the students that, though they were in their 100th day of school, he was only in his 30th day as mayor. Keith presented 100 quarters to the school for their park donation and asked how many dollars that represented. An alert 4th grader quickly responded "$25," and when Sandine, a former math teacher, asked the student how she arrived at that answer, she quickly told how she "did the math" to come up with the correct answer.
When the student donations were counted, they came up with a total of $116. Adding Dee Keith's $25 made the total $141, and then Mayor Ebel added a one hundred dollar bill, bringing the total donation for the day to a whopping $241 - all to be put towards new playground equipment at the city park.
Keith's personal hope is that the new equipment can be purchased and installed in time for the students to use this summer.