Kinder Cafe at Plains School features fun 1950s theme

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  • Kindergartner Brenden Allen gets the most out of his root beer float at Mrs. Hillerman’s Kinder Cafe last Friday. How about that soda fountain hat and those cool glasses! See more photos from the cafe online at www.vp-mi.com.

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    Jorgan Noble, left, and Kendall Spurr dance to Hand Jive during the 50s diner day last Friday in Katie Hillerman's kindergarten classroom at Plains School.

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    Plains kindergartners Jenalee VonHeeder and Mady Marjerrison chat while enjoying a root beer float during ’50s diner day at Mrs. Hillerman’s Kinder Cafe last Friday afternoon. (Photos by Joe Sova/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Plains kindergarten teacher Katie Hillerman used Classroom Transformations to turn her room into a 1950s diner last Friday. Above, she is ready to take orders for food and beverages.

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    This cool 3-dimensional replica of the Starlite soda fountain was used by Plains kindergarten teacher Katie Hillerman during a 50s diner day last Friday.

  • Kindergartner Brenden Allen gets the most out of his root beer float at Mrs. Hillerman’s Kinder Cafe last Friday. How about that soda fountain hat and those cool glasses! See more photos from the cafe online at www.vp-mi.com.

  • 1

    Jorgan Noble, left, and Kendall Spurr dance to Hand Jive during the 50s diner day last Friday in Katie Hillerman's kindergarten classroom at Plains School.

  • 2

    Plains kindergartners Jenalee VonHeeder and Mady Marjerrison chat while enjoying a root beer float during ’50s diner day at Mrs. Hillerman’s Kinder Cafe last Friday afternoon. (Photos by Joe Sova/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    Plains kindergarten teacher Katie Hillerman used Classroom Transformations to turn her room into a 1950s diner last Friday. Above, she is ready to take orders for food and beverages.

  • 4

    This cool 3-dimensional replica of the Starlite soda fountain was used by Plains kindergarten teacher Katie Hillerman during a 50s diner day last Friday.

Katie Hillerman’s kindergarten classroom at Plains School was transformed into a 1950s-style diner called Mrs. Hillerman’s Kinder Cafe last Friday, and it was a very “fun day” for all of her students, and their teacher.

Hillerman, with help from other school staff, decorated the classroom in 1950s motif, including a three-dimensional soda shop and Kinder Cafe counter.

Kids wore what were called “soda jerk” hats (from back in the day) and classy eyeglasses to fit the festive mood perfectly.

Toward the end of the day, the kindergartners enjoyed an old-fashioned milkshake. Then was time for a special “sock hop,” during which the kids learned such dances as the Hand Jive. And they were guided with online instruction on how to dance to tunes like, “Rock Around the Clock” and “Shout!”

Hillerman got the idea for the special 50s Diner day from a program called “Classroom Transformations,” which turns a teacher’s room into something quite exciting and educational as well.

Donors give money on a website that provides funding for books for students, such as kindergartners in Plains.

Hillerman said she recently received three Ipads for student use. Funds have been provided up to $500 for a teacher’s needs.

“It doesn’t matter how much they give,” Hillerman said of donors on the website. To make a contribution, go online to donorschoose.org/Katie.Hillerman. It’s a great way to contribute to students’ education.

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