Debby Goldman’s Sixth-grade class at Halley Elementary in Lorton, Virginia, is the October Class of KidsPost. Many of the 24 students are fans of YouTube and birthday cake. They also think about the environment and say that kids should help take care of it.
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Favorite author and favorite book: This class had many favorite books, but the “Percy Jackson” series by Rick Riordan won this category with three votes. Other books mentioned included “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier, Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer.
Favorite singer or musician: Pop star Taylor Swift received the most votes, but rapper Drake was close behind. Sam Smith, Beyoncé and Pentatonix also were student favorites.
Favorite game, sport or hobby: Football and soccer each received four votes, tying for first place. Basketball and Minecraft tied for second. These kids also like crafting, reading, bowling and lacrosse.
Person, living or dead, you admire most: Mom and Dad tied with Grandpa as most-
admired person. Students mentioned that these relatives were “wise” and “cool.” Famous people these kids admired included civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, as well as soccer player Pele.
Favorite website: YouTube ran away with this category, with nearly half of the votes. Other mentions were Google, Netflix and the educational site IXL.
If you could go on a trip anywhere, where would you go? First stop for these world travelers would be Paris. Four students want to visit the French capital. The last two states to join the union — Hawaii and Alaska — tied for second-most-desired destination. Others chose trips to Guam, China, Australia, Brazil and the Philippines.
Favorite birthday food: Goldman’s students stick with traditional birthday food. Cake was the first choice, with seven votes. Cupcakes and pizza tied for second, with four votes each. A few unusual choices were nachos, steak, Buffalo wings and cotton candy.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? These kids want to fly. A third of the class mentioned flight, which would come in handy to get to their vacation destinations. Super-speed had the second-most votes.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional athlete received the most votes, with soccer, basketball and football as the chosen sports. Other interesting career choices included paleontologist, pastry chef, chemist and choreographer.
What is the biggest problem in the world, and what can kids do to help solve it? One-quarter of the class said pollution or global warming was the biggest problem. But they thought kids could be part of the solution. Their advice was to pick up trash and to remember the three R’s — reduce, reuse and recycle.