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Fashion statement is one for the ages

Marie Havenga • Feb 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM

SPRING LAKE – Kids grow up fast, but the overnight transformation of Holmes Elementary School first-graders was astounding.

They limped into class Friday morning, many with canes and gray hair.

The boys wore suspenders and bow ties, the girls, babushkas or antique jewelry.

This wasn't a bad day at the Fountain of Youth, it was the students’ way of celebrating their 100th day of the school year.

Amy Wright, a first-grade teacher, also got in on the act. She wore a vintage hat, coat and jewelry, borrowed from her mother and grandmother, a gray wig and walked with a cane.

As school launched Friday morning, she reminded the kids to make their lunch selection.

“At your age, you're going to need reminders,” Wright told the kids.

First-grade teacher Jennifer Greene, who wore a babushka and shawl, said she was impressed with the students’ creativity.

“Our favorite part of the day is seeing the clever way the kids come up with dress up – mustaches, wigs, fancy jewelry, hats, canes...,” Greene said. “The kids love the event and look forward to it. We also love many different ways of celebrating the number 100.”

That included eating 100 pieces of cereal during classroom breakfast, building with 100 Legos and stacking a tower with 100 plastic cups

A white board message stood prominently in the room. It read: “Hi Grannies and Grandpas, Welcome to Day 100. We are going to have a lot of fun today, so hold onto your glasses and dentures. Remember, you're never too old to learn.”

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