Jillian Crandall and Qin Hua’s second-grade class at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School is the October Class of KidsPost. Crandall and Hua’s 18 students admire their families, love soccer and would like to take a trip to practice their foreign-language skills.
We will publish a Class of KidsPost each month during the school year. If you would like your class considered, ask your teacher to download our questionnaire at wapo.st/classofkidspost2015, 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, KidsPost pencils and a few other surprises.
Favorite author and favorite book: J.K. Rowling and her novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” claimed four votes and was the top choice of these avid readers. They also enjoy E.B. White (“Charlotte’s Web”), Rachel Renée Russell (“Dork Diaries”) and James Patterson (“Public School Superhero”).
Favorite TV show: “Descendants,” the Disney Channel show about the children of storybook villains and heroes, won this category by a single vote. Second place went to the comedy “Jessie,” about a young nanny who looks after four kids and a large lizard.
If you could go on a trip anywhere, where would you go? It’s no surprise that Yu Ying students would pick China as a destination. They spend at least half of the school day hearing and speaking Chinese. But they would also like to visit New York, Florida, India, Paris, Russia, California and Antarctica.
Favorite game or sport: One-third of the class picked soccer as their favorite. Tennis, tag and the video game Lego Star Wars III shared a distant second place.
Person, living or dead, you admire most: Family members were by far the people most admired. But kids also mentioned musician Michael Jackson, composer Beethoven and Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, whose birthday is Friday. (Shengri kuaile, Bryce!)
Favorite club or hobby: There was a three-way tie in this category: art, Legos and “having fun.” But the students had lots of hobbies, including gardening, climbing and watching Netflix.
If you could have any food on your birthday, what would it be? Traditional favorites cupcakes and ice cream received the most votes, with brownies, ice cream cake and pizza close behind. But a birthday buffet for the class might feature okra, steak, baked beans, pickles and teriyaki wings.
What is the biggest problem in the world today, and what can kids do to help solve it? Pollution topped the list of world problems for these kids. To help solve it, they suggested recycling, reducing the use of cars and not littering.
What do you want to be when you grow up? First place was a tie between teacher and scientist, with one student picking marine biologist (ocean life scientist) and another choosing entomologist (bug scientist). Doctor, singer and author each received two votes. Other cool careers included pianist, wrestler and Lego designer.