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100 Years Young at Southern

100th Day

100 Years Young

Kindergarten students at Southern Elementary School recently had a very special guest visit their classroom in honor of the 100th day of school.  Pictured above, Mrs. Pauline Duncan with a class full of happy students.  While it is not nice to ask a lady her age, we learned from a reliable source that Mrs. Duncan will soon celebrate her 100th birthday!  

Excited kindergarteners conducted an interview with Duncan.  They asked relevant and important questions to compare her life with their own.  Questions like:

  • "What did your school look like?"
  • "What did you learn?"
  • "How many students were in your class?"
  • "What did you do for fun?"
  • "Do you use a cane?"  
  • "Is it hard to walk?"

Mrs. Duncan was happy to tell the students she attended a one-room school house at Oxford where all grades (1-8) were together in the same room.  Students were fascinated to learn she had lunch in the classroom because there was no cafeteria and, during class, she sat on pews.  For fun, she played marbles and jacks and liked to color...but there were no coloring books.  

Mrs. Duncan told the students she has a cane but she doesn't use it much.  She lives independently and remains active.  She was thrilled to visit her neighbor, kindergarten teacher Trina Cyrus, and enjoyed getting to know the students and learning about their school too.

Kindergarten students at Southern love their new friend!


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