Class of KidsPost: Sequoyah Elementary fifth-graders


For Kathryn Batwinis’s class at Sequoyah Elementary School in Derwood, world hunger and cancer are just a couple of the big problems that need to be addressed. Two of the fifth-grade students think they may grow up to be doctors. (Kathryn Batwinis)
January 26, 2013

The fifth-graders in Kathryn Batwinis’s class at Sequoyah Elementary School in Derwood are this month’s “Class of KidsPost.” They love to read and eat pizza, but they also have a keen sense of the problems in the world that they want to solve.

If you’d like to see your class featured, ask your teacher to go to kidspost.com to download our questionnaire, fill it out and send it, along with a class picture, to kidspost@washpost.com. We’ll feature one class a month throughout the school year. If your class is chosen, we’ll send you a KidsPost Chesapeake Bay poster and KidsPost pencils.

Who is your favorite author? Jeff Kinney, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, Gary Paulsen and Suzanne Collins all got votes from this well-read group of students.

Do you have a cellphone? This group is pretty evenly split, with 12 kids having them and 10 still nagging their parents for one!

How much time do you spend on the Internet each week?

More than four hours: 5 students

Two to three hours: 5

Less than two hours: 9

Don’t use the Internet: 1

What’s your favorite pizza topping? Put these kids in the meat-lover category. They voted for sausage, bacon, pepperoni and ham. Plain cheese and Hawaiian pizza got votes, too.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Athlete/baseball player was the leading answer, with six students seeing themselves as the Bryce Harper or Robert Griffin III of the future. Businessperson got three votes and chef/baker and doctor got two votes each.

What’s the biggest problem in the world today? Ten students said world hunger, and five said cancer. Pollution, homelessness, endangered animals and natural disasters also made the list.

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