The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

Class of KidsPost: Pinecrest School fourth- and fifth-graders

The students of Marilyn Barrette love books and a certain rock band

The combined fourth- and fifth-grade class of Marilyn Barrette at the private Pinecrest School in Annandale, Virginia, is the January 2023 Class of KidsPost. (Pinecrest School)

Marilyn Barrette’s fourth- and fifth-grade class at the Pinecrest School in Annandale, Virginia, is January’s Class of KidsPost. Her 12 students are independent thinkers, so there were not many strong favorites. But if there were a class Spotify playlist, we know who would be in heavy rotation.

KidsPost plans to feature one class in grades 2 through 7 each month of the school year. If you want your class to be considered, ask your teacher to download our questionnaire at, have students fill it out and send it with a class picture to kidspost@­ Classes chosen receive a KidsPost Chesapeake Bay poster or Journey to Space poster, a KidsPost pencil for each student and a selection of books. Teachers interested in learning more about Kids­Post can sign up for our weekly email newsletter at

Favorite author and favorite book: These kids enjoy a wide range of books, but Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series topped this category with two votes each. Other authors mentioned included Rosanne Perry, David Walliams and Ellen Raskin.

Favorite singer or musician: Imagine Dragons was the clear class favorite. Four students, or one-third of the class, voted for the pop rock band. Other favorites were former country trio Rascal Flatts, Broadway composer and singer Lin Manuel Miranda and brass funk band Lucky Chops.

Favorite outdoor activity: Soccer narrowly won the top spot with two votes. Running, rock climbing, baseball and gaga ball were among other favorites.

City or country you would like to spend a month in: The French capital, Paris, claimed two votes, the most of any place. Other destinations included South Korea, Italy and the Maldives, a South Asian nation of more than 1,000 islands.

Food you could eat every day of your life: These kids may like junk food, but most would not want to eat it every day. The winners were fruit, bread and salad, with two each. What other foods do they love? Mac and cheese, vegetables, sushi and burgers.

Animal you would become if you could: Two votes each earned cat, cheetah and hedgehog a tie in this category. The most unusual choice was a rose-breasted cockatoo.

Job or career you would like when you grow up: Everyone had a different career in mind. The class includes a future artist, pilot, lawyer, gamer, soccer player and more.

World problem you would solve: Three students each mentioned the issues of climate change and homelessness. Other problems the class would tackle included the coronavirus, ocean pollution and access to education.

Person, living or dead, you admire most: President Joe Biden and “a friend” received two votes apiece. Others with a single vote included Jesus, Mom and soccer star Lionel Messi.


An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 25 percent of the class voted for Imagine Dragons as favorite musician. The percentage should have been 33.3, or one-third. The story has been corrected.