For the first time, Kallie Davis will be able to bring birthday treats to school this year on her actual birthday. Not the day before, or the day after, or on her half-birthday. On Feb. 29, Kallie turns 8 years old and will finally celebrate the rite of passage of bringing treats to her second-grade class on her birthday.

For the first time, Kallie Davis will be able to bring birthday treats to school this year on her actual birthday.   Not the day before, or the day after, or on her half-birthday.   On Feb. 29, Kallie turns 8 years old and will finally celebrate the rite of passage of bringing treats to her second-grade class on her birthday.   Kallie is ecstatic with anticipation.   Sugar cookies decorated with colored frosting and sprinkles is what she picked out for the class to gorge themselves on.   The kids will also work through a math problem: if Kallie is 8 but only has a birthday every four years, how many birthdays has she had?   The energetic girl insists she hasn’t told anybody in her class the answer, not even her best friend.   Kallie’s mom, Laura, said she was nine days overdue when Kallie was born. A relative tried to get Laura to have Kallie sooner so she wouldn’t be born on Feb. 29.   “But that’s just when she was born,” Laura said.   It’s probably for the best.   Kallie said she likes her birthday. It makes her unique.   With a little help from her mom, she can tell the story of why we need leap year day.   “It’s so the days don’t get mixed up and summer turns to winter and spring into fall. Wouldn’t that be funny?” she said, giggling and revealing the gap between her two front teeth.   The last time she had a party on her birthday was four years ago, right after she and her parents moved to Camdenton from the Kansas City, Mo., area.   That party was small, with only close family there to celebrate her first birthday, when she turned 4.   Kallie said she doesn’t remember that party.   She’s making up for it with the one she has planned for Friday.   Besides the celebration in her classroom, she’s having a sleepover with 10 of her friends.   Dad has plans to stay out in the garage, Kallie’s mom said.   Kallie’s love of animals has become the birthday theme.   She’ll blow the birthday candles out on cupcakes shaped in the form of dog bones. Puppy-themed gift bags filled with candies and other goodies are already filled for the guests to take home.   They’re going to eat pizza and watch movies, probably with an animal theme, Kallie said. Her favorites are “Air Buddies” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”   She’s asked for more sets of Puppy in My Pocket, Kitty in My Pocket and what she said is the latest and greatest, Pony in My Pocket.   Each are small, pocket-sized animals that can be clipped on bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry.   Her dream birthday present is a hamster. If it’s small, she’s going to name it Zippy; if it’s large and furry, Teddy, just like the hamsters in her classroom.   A chocolate lab is also on the list. It’s her favorite breed of dog, she said. It’s what her former dog, Sammy, was. Her chocolate lab Webkinz is named Sammy after him.   She also wants a brother or sister, but that is up to mom and dad, Kallie said.   Kallie already has the math figured out for the next year she gets to bring treats to class on the day of her birthday in 2012, when she turns 12. It will be her third party on the actual birthday.   Contact this reporter at deannaw@lakesunleader.com