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Dear Mr. President: Washington area kids write letters and offer advice to Barack Obama

What advice do kids have for President Barack Obama as he starts his second term? Helping h omeless people and pets, having schools start later and improving school lunches are just a few of the ideas submitted in letters written by thousands of kids in honor of National Handwriting Day on January 23. In partnership with Handwriting Without Tears’ Mail to the Chief program, KidsPost selected some letters written by Washington area kids. We hope the president takes time to read these thoughtful ideas. You can still write your own letter, either by coming to The Post on Inauguation Day or by going online to htt p://bit.ly/presidentletter. (Always ask a parent before going online).

Dear Mr. President,

My hopes and dreams for the next four years are for there to be an All Ice Cream Day where you only eat ice cream for the day. Because I really like ice cream, and a lot of other people like it a lot.

Sincerely, Alec Butler, fourth grade, Vienna

Dear Mr. President,

You should try to help the schools earn more money. Also help the homeless people and you should help lost animals. If we do that, we will make the world a better place. Do you know that I am recycling bottles and paper? I pick up all of the trash in my yard and help lost animals find its owner. If you have time, can you write back?

Sincerely,

Stephanie Carpenter, fourth grade, Lynchburg

Dear President Obama,

I have some advice for you. Let’s start off with better school lunches. I eat three times a day and I don’t look forward to lunch, so I bring lunch. We should at least get real food! They should be healthier and something more than a microwaved box with food. You should also make longer school recesses so there is less childhood obesity. There are just two of my many ideas. I’ll keep sending so watch out for . . .

Your citizen,

Andrew Misura, 10, Potomac

Dear President Obama,

I am worried about how early my school starts. My bus shows up around 7 every day. At the beginning of the day, everyone is too tired to actually learn anything. School should start later in the day so that we have a chance to wake up. Education is important because without it, we wouldn’t be able to do things like jobs later in life.

Your friend,

Jessie Gleason, sixth grade, Rockville

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Dear Mr. President,

I know you are busy but I have something to discuss. The pipeline should be stopped. It will go over the Trail of Tears which should be preserved to respect the people who walked the trail in the 1800s. It will also cut through Indian reservations and make farmers lose their land. Forests will get cut down too. I care about the environment so I hope you will stop the pipeline.

On education, you should ban tests in schools because kids dislike testing. It shows nothing of what kids have learned or their creativity or analytical skills. Teachers also have their jobs at stake so they pressure kids to do well.

Respectfully,

Sophie Barnet-Higgins, 14, Mount Rainier

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to thank you for supporting gay rights. The reason is because I have two moms who have been waiting for these rights. I would also like to say if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be writing to you; I would still be in Cambodia. So I am very grateful and proud to have two moms. I believe they deserve to have equal rights.

Respectfully,

Lina Delilah Roberts-Way, 11,

Mount Rainier

Dear Mr. President,

I am worried about health care and homeless people. I think you should make health care free and that handicapped people, like people in wheelchairs and others, should have the government help pay their taxes. And I think we should have more homeless shelters and food drives. Thank you for being the president. Also for making America safe and free.

Sincerely,

McKenna Murphy, 12,

Centreville, Delaware

P.S. I also think that Mondays

should be National Free Cake Day.

Dear Mr. President,

My hopes and dreams for the amazing 2013 are that there should be an Adopt a Dog Day. Which means that if you don’t already have an adopted dog, adopt one! Because adopting can change many things, including the dog’s life, and it can change your life, too. Having a dog is the best thing ever. Dogs are known to be man’s best friend and that is 100 percent true.

Sincerely,

Samantha Wilson, sixth grade, Vienna

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