The Alcorn Central Elementary Kindergarten classes enjoyed a big day celebrating their 50th day of school.
The theme for the day was “The 1950s” and many children were decked out with leather jackets, slicked back hair, ponytails and poodle skirts.
Kindergarten teacher Janice Holley said the day began with a “sock hop” dance with music from the 1950s era.
She said the kids seemed to really enjoy the music.
The kindergarten students also got to have lunch at Borroum's Drug Store. The 152-year-old store was established in 1865 and is Mississippi’s oldest drug store. The interior features a soda fountain, counter and stools which fit perfectly with the theme for the day.
After Borroum’s, the children got to return to the school to participate in a “drive-in movie.” They got to watch the movie sitting in cars they had constructed out of cardboard. The drive-in movie theater was complete with a car hop.
Among the ending highlights of the day, the kids got to enjoy Coke floats.
As it was such a big day, three kindergarteners shared their thoughts on what they liked most about school, so far.
“I’m allowed to go outside,” said Avery Anderson.
Jersey Gray enthusiastically said, “Homework!”
“I like learning,” said Jerri Lynn Wamsley. She went on to say she really likes everything about school and she has made a lot of friends.
Holley said she used to teach in another state and the the 50th day celebration was a tradition she brought with her to the Alcorn School District. She said the kids really seemed to have fun with it. She also said the 1950s theme helped bridge a generation gap.
Teaching Assistant Laken Wamsley said the students had been learning about “then and now.” They had watched black and white shows from the era.
Holley said the kids were amazed at the idea that televisions did not have color back then. She said they seemed to really enjoy the shows, even though they were in black and white.