COSTA MESA — When 100-year-old Irene Hetzel was a girl in Beaumont, she lived too far to walk the three miles to school, and her family didn't have a car.
Instead, she and her brother had to find alternative transportation.
"I had to come in a horse and buggy," Hetzel said before asking a class of kindergartners at Woodland Elementary School, "Do you know what that is?"
The Long Beach resident was the special guest of Michelle Lambright's class Wednesday afternoon as they celebrated the 100th day of school by making a necklace of 100 Froot Loops, sharing a collection of 100 items and doing sets of 10 physical activities, like skipping and jumping jacks, until they reached 100.
The students have been counting every day of school as a tool to practice counting to 100 and by fives and tens, said room mom Kimaleigh Altshuler, whose 6-year-old son, Alexander, is in the class.