Katie Damon’s second-grade class at Terraset Elementary School in Reston, Virginia, is the April Class of KidsPost. These 24 students look up to family members, enjoy Mo Willems’s books and would like to care for animals when they grow up.
We will publish a Class of KidsPost each month of the school year. If you would like your class considered, ask your teacher to download our questionnaire at wapo.st/classofkidspost2016, fill it out and send it, along with a class picture, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your class is chosen, we’ll send a KidsPost Chesapeake Bay poster, a book and KidsPost goodies.
Favorite author and favorite book: Ms. Damon’s students mentioned many authors, but Mo Willems was the favorite, with five votes. The preferred titles were two from the Elephant and Piggie series: “Are You Ready to Play Outside?” and “My New Friend Is So Fun!” Dan Gutman, who wrote the “My Weird School” series, took second place, with two votes.
Favorite singer or musician: These kids are pop music fans. Taylor Swift won this category with three votes. Other students prefer Coldplay, Nick Jonas and Flo Rida.
Favorite game, sport or hobby: Soccer scored the most votes (five), but close behind were baseball, basketball and Minecraft, with three votes apiece.
Person, living or dead, you admire most: Five chose Mom and Dad as most admired, with Mom in second place and Dad in third. Altogether, two-thirds of the class most admired a member of the family, including one with four legs and a tail.
Favorite website: The math-game site DreamBox tied for first place with video-playing YouTube. Each received three votes. Streaming-video site Netflix was just behind, with two votes.
If you could go on a trip anywhere, where would you go? Three kids picked Orlando, Florida, or one of its theme parks as their top destination. California and Hawaii each received two votes. Other dream vacation spots included Paris, Japan and Antarctica.
Favorite birthday food: Cake was the clear winner in this category, with eight votes, or nine if cupcakes are included. Second place went to pizza, with five votes. Two kids favored something healthful: apples.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? If these kids got their wish, they would be sneaking all over school. Invisibility was the superpower of choice for four students. Second place was a tie between super-speed and the ability to turn into animals.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Four students in the class hope to be veterinarians one day. Another four would like careers as professional athletes, although they each chose a different sport. Other interesting careers: clown, detective and “imagineer,” or someone who builds rides at Disney World.
What is the biggest problem in the world, and what can kids do to help solve it?
Four kids chose Donald Trump, who was a presidential candidate when they filled out the survey. Their advice at the time was about voting, so we hope to hear back on how they think the president is doing. Four other second-
graders picked school. We suspect, however, that they might not think it’s the biggest global problem, but the biggest problem in their lives.