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December 13, 2012

A day to remember

Salem students mark 12-12-12, a once-in-a-century date


The idea to spend the day paying tribute to a single number was proposed several weeks ago by fourth-grader Britain Padgett, who had to muster all his courage to approach the principal.

“He was pacing outside my door,” Carter said.

Padgett told the principal he thought the whole school should do something special on Dec. 12, like wearing blue or eating just one kind of pizza for lunch.

He returned a few days later with his friend, Nick Driscoll, who had some good ideas of his own, and some good-natured suggestions, like spending only 12 minutes on math. He was asked how that went over with the principal and teachers.

“Not so great,” he said with a grin.

Another boy had an even more inspired idea on the 12-12-12 theme.

“He wanted to go home at 12 noon,” Carter said.

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