Kelly Van Horn’s second-grade class at Waverly Elementary School in Ellicott City is the May Class of KidsPost. This is a repeat experience for Van Horn, who had the very first Class of KidsPost nearly 20 years ago when she was a teacher at Hayfield Elementary School in Virginia. She wrote The Washington Post to tell us about her long-ago experience, and she was game to be our first class during quarantine. Fourteen of her 22 students completed our survey at home, then sent them to their teacher, who sent them to us. Everyone gets an A-plus for this effort!
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Favorite author and favorite book: Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man series was the favorite book, earning four votes. Everyone else had their own favorite, including the Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott, Andrew Clements’s “Lunch Money” and The Princess in Black series by Dean Hale and Shannon Hale.
Favorite singer or musician: Lil Nas X wins this category with two votes. Other musicians mentioned included Billie Eilish, Drake and Rachel Platten.
Favorite game, sport or hobby: Soccer scored three votes, edging out football and basketball, which earned two each.
Person, living or dead, you admire most: Mom earned three votes, just beating “brother” and civil rights activist Reverend Martin Luther King Junior. Students chose Mom because she is “a sweet person” and is “responsible and nice.”
If you could take a trip anywhere, where would you go? Disney World and Hawaii tied for top destination, with two votes apiece. Other vacation ideas included Italy, Australia and Antarctica.
Favorite birthday food: Cake edged pizza, three votes to two. But there were many interesting choices, including Korean barbecue, vanilla custard with fruit and “good ramen and dumplings.”
Favorite animal: Three kids picked dog as their favorite. It just beat giant panda and bunny, which each earned two mentions. Other choices included turtle, cheetah and polar bear.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Artist and police officer each earned two votes to take first place. Among the other career choices were rock star, chef, Air Force pilot and marine biologist.
If you were president, what one thing would you do for the country or its people? Stopping pollution and hunger were the top priorities in this class with two votes each. One student had a hands-on approach to ending hunger: “Invite poor people into the White House every morning so they can eat food.”