Jan Rubenstein’s sixth-grade Beginning-English class at Poe Middle School in Annandale, Virginia, is the March Class of KidsPost. The 11 students admire their parents, enjoy connecting on Snapchat and would like to help poor people and immigrants.
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Favorite singer or musician: Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny is, by far, this class’s favorite. He earned seven votes. The kids also mentioned DJ Alan Walker and Cardi B.
Favorite game, sport or hobby: Futbol, or soccer, was the Number 1 game. A few students preferred video games Fortnite and Hello Neighbor.
Person, living or dead, you admire most: These kids appreciate their parents. Everyone mentioned Mom, Dad or both as their most-admired. One student wrote, “My parents because they show me good things.”
Favorite website or app: Snapchat is these middle schoolers’ overall favorite, with seven votes. A few students also mentioned YouTube.
If you could go on a trip anywhere, where would you go? Argentina, with three votes, edged out El Salvador, Spain and China, which each received two. Other vacation choices included Brazil, Honduras and France.
Favorite birthday food: A party for this class would need to include panes con pollo, a flavorful chicken sandwich that is very popular in El Salvador. Five students would ask for this on their birthdays. Cake and pupusas (a stuffed flatbread, also popular in El Salvador) tied for second with two votes each.
Favorite holiday: Christmas tops the list with seven votes. Thanksgiving is second with two. Halloween and New Year’s Day also received votes.
Do you have a pet or pets? Eight of the 11 students — or 73 percent — have no pet. One had a cat, and two had dogs.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional soccer player and police officer tied for first, with two votes each. Other interesting careers included artist, lawyer, chef and teacher.
If you were president, what’s one thing you would do to help the country or its people? Almost all of Rubenstein’s students mentioned helping people. Several focused on the poor, and others mentioned those people who would like to live in the United States. One said, “Allow immigrants to come into the country.”