Danielle Reitz of Blue Grass will walk into her sixth-grade class at Quad-City Christian School today a very special 12-year-old.

That’s because her 12th birthday is 12-12-12 — December 12, 2012.

“I think it’s so cool,” Danielle said Tuesday night.

Around the world, people are finding all sorts of ways to mark the once-in-a-century date on the calendar.

For Danielle, it’s important to pick out the right clothing to wear to her school in Moline.

She’ll be sporting a T-shirt bearing the phrase, “Cowboy Up,” plus a little something from her kindergarten days, she said.

“You know when you’re in kindergarten, you make these cupcake hats with your name on it,” Danielle said. “I kept one all these years and I tried it on and it still fits. I asked my teacher if I could wear it.”

Danielle’s mom, Angie Reitz, explained that they can’t celebrate Danielle’s birthday today as they would like to.

“It’s a busy day and we have school,” she said, adding that it is too bad the special day landed “smack dab in the middle of the week.”

Instead, Danielle and her friends will party down at a slumber party over Christmas break.

After school today, Danielle’s dad, Mark Reitz, will take her to Freddy’s Fritters Dog Bakery and Pet Boutique in the Village of East Davenport, where she can shop for her dog, Hawkeye.

“I spoil my dog,” she said.

There’s also a youth group meeting at their church, Community Fellowship Church in Blue Grass.

Danielle said she realized her 12th birthday would fall on Dec. 12, 2012, several years ago when her mom was picking up a prescription for her at the pharmacy.

“The lady asked what my birthday was and mom said ‘twelve, twelve ... ’ and the lady went, ‘Oh, wait a minute,’” Danielle said. “That’s when I figured it out, so I’ve been waiting for this.”

Of course, Angie said, “She keeps reminding us because it’s her golden birthday.”

A golden birthday is when a person turns the same age as the date on which they were born.

Danielle knows what she wants for her birthday.

“I want a horse,” she said. “My dad was thinking that in the next 10 years, he’d buy me a horse.

I think he’s going to wait until I’m 20, when I’m on my own, and I’ll be the one who takes care of it.”

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