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What second-graders want to be

Children from Rhonda Stockinger's second-grade class at Charles R. Drew Elementary School in Silver Spring want to be soldiers, doctors, teachers and more. (Sarah L. Voisin/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one question that adults have asked kids for ages. (We bet your parents will tell you that they were asked this when they were your age.) But it’s a really important question because the answers that kids give reveal their dreams. That’s why ChildFund asked the question while doing its survey of 5,000 kids from around the world, and it’s why we asked the second-graders in Rhonda Stockinger’s class at Charles R. Drew Elementary in Silver Spring . Their answers show them to be big dreamers who want to help the world and have fun. Sounds good to us!

Doctor or nurse: 3

Kung fu or karate teachers: 2

Serve in the Army: 2

Makeup artist

Work with little children in day care




Police officer



Train driver

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