Across our nation the 100th day of school is often a milestone in elementary schools; students and teachers always find fun and unique ways to celebrate the occasion. This year, students atGeorge Washington Carver School 87 shared their special day with a very special 100-year-old guest!


In 1916 the light switch was invented, the Boy Scouts of America was founded, the United States had not yet entered World War I, and John Mance Calloway was born. Mr. Calloway – known to many as Mancy – is a lifelong Indianapolis resident born on January 25, 1916. He grew up in Indianapolis Public Schools, graduating from Crispus Attucks High School before serving 25 years in the Army.


The 100th day of school is a big day for our youngest students, as they celebrate counting to 100 in tandem with this day on the school calendar. Mr. Calloway is a family friend of two George Washington Carver students, and thought it would be fun to celebrate the exciting milestone together! On January 29, Mr. Calloway visited the school, made some young new friends and helped them count to his age. He even brought along cheerful supporters from local South Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, which he has attended his entire life!


Mr. Calloway and the students of Ms. Cordero’s class had a fantastic visit: learning more about each other, sharing stories and counting to the big number 100. We’re so glad they were able to spend this special day together!