Mickey Mouse’s birthday celebratedPublished 11:57am Friday, November 12, 2010 Updated 12:16pm Friday, November 12, 2010
Mickey Mouse is turning 82 on Thursday, and kindergarten students celebrated his birthday with a visit from the famous mouse himself.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse stopped by McKinley Elementary School during the monthly Friday Friends assembly, when all six kindergarten classes gather in the gym.
The classes get together once a month on a Friday to celebrate students’ birthdays, sing songs and read stories for about 15 minutes, where they also learn how to sit at an assembly. “It’s so the students can get to know each other and other teachers,” kindergarten teacher Elesha Jyrkas said. “It builds a nice community of learners.”
With Mickey Mouse celebrating his birthday Nov. 18, this month’s gathering was a special occasion.
The students, all wearing Mickey Mouse ears, sang “The 100 Song” until they reached 82, when Mickey jumped up and down waving his arms to let the kindergartners know that’s the age he’s turning.
Then they sang and marched along to the “Mickey Mouse Club March” theme song, and Mickey and Minnie led the students on a march around the gym.
“It was fun,” kindergartner Larissa Goodman said of meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse. “I watch them on TV all the time.”