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Mountain View kindergarten kids get a visit from Zero the Hero during 100th day of school

One hundred reasons to celebrate

Posted: February 2, 2009 9:18 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Former assistant principal Jeff Pettipas, dressed as Zero the Hero, helps celebrate the 100th day of school with Mrs. Donyanavard's kindergarten class Monday morning at Santa Clarita Elementary School.

Dylann Pinto's father was a real zero Monday.

She loved it.

Burke Pinto, father of kindergartner Dylann Pinto, dressed up as Zero the Hero and visited Mountain View Elementary School students during a parking lot assembly as part of the celebration of the 100th day of school.

Dylann had no idea her father was playing the role of Zero, until he ran into the parking lot with the Space Jam song blasting behind him.

He wore a black beanie, sunglasses, red cape, red-and-black striped tights and a black shirt with a giant sparkling Z plastered on the front.

All kindergartners attended two assemblies to count with the famous Zero the Hero.

Each student made and wore a shirt with 100 items on it in recognition of learning to count to 100.
Zero led the kids in counting to 100 by fives, tens and finally by ones.

"You're my dad!" shouted a surprised Dylann from the crowd once the students reached 100 for the third time.

"I knew right away it was my dad," she said. "I was excited to wear my shirt with 100 pink bows that my grandma helped me make."

Tyler McKelvey wore a white T-shirt with "Tyler 100" spelled out in multicolored beads.

"My shirt has 100 beads on it," he said. "I did my name, and my mom did the 100."

Ellie Whitney stretched her shirt and twisted in place.

"Me and my mommy decorated my shirt with 100 stamps," she said.

Zero yelled "I love 100!" while running around the excited 5-year-olds.

The assembly concluded with the kindergartners singing "I Love Zero" and taking pictures with their hero.

"What's tomorrow?" shouted Zero.

"Tuesday!" a little girl yelled to him.

Zero smiled.

"Yes, and it's the 101st day of school, so it's time to go back to class and learn to count to 200," he said.
Burke Pinto returned a half-hour later to reprise his enthusiastic performance as Zero during the second assembly.


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