My amazing cats: My cats are so amazing. My cat named Rigby guards me at night. My cat named Stewie always loses his collar. My cats are so funny. We have fake mice for them to play with. They sometimes get into trouble because they break something or make something fall.

Bryce Hauck

Grade 2, Benjamin

My awesome family: I think my family is awesome. I have the best mom and she takes care of me and she loves me very much. I also have one cool baby brother; we both like to play tag and we like to watch TV. 

Amanda Hernandez

Grade 3, Cedar Ridge

Fan of the Cubs: My favorite Chicago Cubs player is Javier Baez. He plays second base and I play second base. I like him because he is 1 for 3. I like him because he has hit 700 homers — that is a guess.

Joey Noreiko

Grade 1, Grove

Wishing for snow days: Snow days are fun. I like snow days because you get to build a snowman and a fort with snow. I hope we have a lot of snow days.

Ethan Evers

Grade 2, Heyworth

A perfect birthday: For my birthday we went to Hickory Hills. Next we went to get our faces painted. Then we went to see the animals. Last we went to the pool. Then we went to the park.

Lily Dunn

Grade 2, Jefferson Park

Going to the movies: One day I want to go to the movies with Matthew. I want to watch "Beauty and the Beast." If Matthew wants to go it will be so much fun. I want to eat popcorn. Going to the movies will be exciting.

Michael Sandy

Grade 1, Lowpoint-Washburn

My favorite things: I like to play Monopoly and I also like to play Go to the Head of the Class. My favorite foods are bananas and salad. My favorite moves are "Elf," "A Christmas Story" and "Home Alone."

Sophia Frank

Grade 3, Lowpoint-Washburn

Freeze tag at recess: I like to play freeze tag with my friends, Harry, Collin, Amalie and Tian Xiang, at recess. I unfreeze my friends. We have so much fun playing freeze tag. I get tagged and Harry unfreezes me.

Keagan Tarpley

Grade 2, Oakdale

New Olympic sport: My new sport for the Winter Olympics is ice racing snowboarding. You have to make it in the goal. The score is timed. The game is inside.

Artie Horath

Grade 2, New Holland-Middletown

Farm animals: My name is Vivian Frerichs and I have a farm. It has lots of animals. Some are named, but some are not. I even have my own animals, and they are all named. I have a calf, chicken and rooster, but my dad is going to sell my calf. I also have two dogs and a cat.

Vivian Frerichs

Grade 2, Olympia West 

My auntie's dog: My auntie has a dog named Han Solo. I love Han. He loves to play ball with me. He likes to sleep with me. He has to sleep underneath the blanket with me. Han loves to go for car rides. I love spending time with him.

Morgan Crowell

Grade 1, Olympia South

Raised for video games: Video games have been with me ever since I was little. My brother wanted me to play video games as soon as I could. So when I was a baby I would watch my brother play video games. When I got a little older and was 3, I played video games with him.

Eli Barlow

Grade 5, Parkside

Breakfast is the best: I like breakfast. I like breakfast because my dad makes the best pancakes.

Ryland French

Grade 1, Prairieland

Goal of kindness: I will be kind to my friends and family. People can be kind at the park, school and home. Just like I can. Ways people can be kind are by helping a friend or family member do chores or you could cheer up a friend if they're sad.

Zoe Kaupas

Grade 2, Prairieland

Master builder status: One morning at school, a colorful paper was on my desk. It was a master builder award. You become a master builder by being respectful, responsible and safe. Then you can go move your Lego picture up to master builder on the green classroom door.

Sherice Jones

Grade 4, Prairieland

Painting nature: I love art. One of the things that includes art that I like doing is painting (I need some new canvases). I do have a ton of colors, but if I run out of a color or if I don't have it, I can make it. To do this you have to mix colors. When I paint, I like painting scenes of nature.

Alayna Geraty

Grade 5, Prairieland

Wrestling goal: One of my goals for the Iguana WC Wrestling season is to be a state qualifier. I will have to train so hard that my sweat has its own sweat. I wish to have my goals, but I wish you guys can meet your goals, too.

Cole Gentsch

Grade 5, St. Mary's

The best teacher: My teacher is the best. She will give you some candy. My teacher is the best teacher ever. I love my teacher. She will let you eat your candy, too.

I'Rhianna McAllister

Grade 3, Sheridan

Pokemon fan: I like Pokemon. It is funny, silly and cute. They battle other Pokemon for victory. All Pokemon have trainers. They help Pokemon learn to battle. I love Pokemon.

Cruz Urcino

Grade 2, Stevenson

Family exercise: I like to run with my mom, dad and my puppy. My puppy is soft. My puppy is cute.

Harmonee Taylor

Grade 1, Sugar Creek

Art is calming: I love art. I've loved art since I was little. I used to draw on my walls with crayons. Now I draw pictures like Disney characters or realistic people and holidays, too. I love art because it calms me down, even if I just sketch a drawing out.

Aliyah James

Grade 5, Sugar Creek

Running camp: Jaxson and Cam ran in a summer running camp last summer. We all went out for Krispy Kreme Donuts every week after camp. Jaxson and Cam ran a 5K at the end of camp with his mom and Cam's grandma. We got a medal for finishing the race. 

Cameron Caldwell

Kindergarten, Tri-Valley

My family: I love my family. My family has my mom, my dad and me. We live in Bloomington, Illinois. My parents always support me and give me whatever I want. My grandparents live in India. We are part of a big family. I think my family is the best family in the world.

Smayan Ravinutula

Grade 2, Benjamin

All about me: My hair colors are red, brown, blonde and black. I like black. I have a pet dog named Stanley and a fish named Tim.

Lyza Miller

Grade 1, Grove

Snow day plans: On a snow day I drink hot chocolate. I also play outside. We also make snow forts and build snowmen. We have snowball fights and make snow angels.

Levi Gerike

Grade 2, Heyworth

School is the best: School is fun. School is the best ever. I don't want to leave this school. I wish I stayed at this school forever. I wish I stayed here for these reasons: my friends and my teachers.

Blake Harris

Grade 2, Jefferson Park

Hunting pastime: I like hunting because I get three lucky deer and raccoons. I shoot with a gun. I skin with a knife. Hunting is a fun thing to do.

Cheyenne Courtway

Grade 1, Lowpoint-Washburn

Family movie night: My mom and I had family movie night. We watched "Free Willy."

Lalanah Caldwell

Grade 2, Oakdale

My favorite shark: Megalodon is my favorite shark. So speaking of Megalodon, let me tell you more facts. People call it the black demon.

Aidan Wiechmann

Grade 1, Prairieland

Being kind: Have you been kind to someone? You should be kind to everyone, even your friends at school, by helping them with chores. When you're kind it feels nice.

Ellie Underwood

Grade 2, Prairieland 

The best of friends: I have a lot of friends but one of my friends I've been friends with since I was new in second grade, and that friend is Alana. In second grade we were both new and we sat together and started to talk. Alana and I think we are twins. We were a lot a like, until she got glasses.

Joana Brown

Grade 4, Prairieland