PBS Stations Celebrate the 100th Day of School in their Communities, Peg + Cat Style
By Chloe Gould
It’s the time of the school year celebrated with 1-double-0 glasses and long-winded counts to the big 1-0-0, a celebration that equals the excitement of New Year’s Eve for young kids. The 100th Day of School, celebrated between January and February (depending on the school district’s start date), is a big day for kids in pre-K and elementary classrooms, and PBS Kids is helping 45 local stations and their community partners celebrate in Peg + Cat style.
Peg +Cat has perfected the art of counting to 100, hitting the big number with a brood of yellow chicks in outer space and some scrumptious pizza pies, just to name two examples! So, for this year’s celebration, PBS Kids and Ready To Learn packaged a few of our favorite Peg + Cat resources for PBS stations across the country to share in celebrations at nearly 100 schools, Head Starts and libraries.
The PBS stations – from WTJX in the Virgin Islands to PBS SoCaL in Costa Mesa, CA and WCNY in Syracuse, NY – each received three Kindle Fire tablets and three Peg + Cat hopscotch-printed reading rugs at the beginning of January. The Kindle Fires were loaded with the new Android tablet-compatible Peg + Cat Big Gig app. With the app, children (or adults, because it’s that good) can tap out a few tunes while following patterns and counting by twos.
Each station put its own spin on the 100th Day celebrations. While some chose to host a station-sponsored event in the community, complete with characters and crafts, others worked the resources into activities local schools already had planned.
WGBY in Springfield, Mass. included the resources in a math-focused family fun night at a community school for over 600 students. Ohio station WOSU is working with 700 students in Columbus Public Schools for a celebration in mid-February.
In Southern Illinois, WSIU chose to work with two schools in Herrin, Ill. On Jan. 26, the station teamed up with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School to launch Catholic Schools Week. Along with the Peg + Cat 100th Day of School activities, which included a visit from Super Why and the station’s literacy van, there was a community blood drive and a Scholastic Book Fair. A Peg + Cat reading rug led the way into the “Feria del Libro,” or book fair, and kids glued strands of orange yarn, and a long purple tail, onto Peg and Cat popsicle stick puppets.
WSIU partnered with Ready To Learn’s Mobile Learning Program, as did many of the 100th Day of School stations, to send free gift codes home with parents so they could download several apps to their personal devices for free. The Mobile Learning Program offers eight free apps for iPad, two for iPhone and two for Android tablets, including the Kindle Fire.
The same week, WSIU visited North Side Primary Center, a much larger public school in Herrin, to host another 100th Day celebration before closing out Catholic School Week at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with a Peg + Cat-themed Grandparents Day.
If your local PBS station, or your child’s school isn’t hosting a big 100th Day event, we still have you covered. All of our 100th Day resources are available here, and the PBS Kids, PBS Parents and PBS Kids Lab sites are full of other Peg + Cat activities that fit right in with the festivities, like the Big Jig flipbook, the Pirates + Peaches board game, or the Chicken Coop activity page.
Chloe Gould is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism, and is working as an intern for the Ready To Learn Program at PBS.