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Thanks, Mom: I don't only think birthdays are when you were born, but also when you thank your mother for bringing you into the world.

Gio Sullivan

Grade 5, Sugar Creek

Clover, please: I like to hang out with my friends and family. My birthday is March 1. I love my birthday because it is close to St. Patrick's Day. I hope that on my birthday next year I can find a four-leaf clover.

Thelma Ramsay

Grade 2, Stevenson

Common day: My birthday is April 1. I was born in 2009. My birthday is on April Fools' Day. This year it was Easter, too.

Bryce Fleming

Grade 3, Sheridan

Share the day: My birthday is the same day as Katy Perry. I always ask for a dog, but I never get a dog. We usually go somewhere to eat, go to the mall and pick out some things for me, then go to my party and eat cake.

Kasey Contreras

Grade 5, St. Mary's

What I really want: My birthday is in June. I've asked and asked and asked for a puppy, but I've never gotten one. I've even tried to tell my mom that I'm mature enough (which isn't that true). Still I really, really, really want a puppy. I don't care if I get anything else this year, but a puppy.

Hailey Pool

Grade 4, Prairieland

Twice the fun: I love my birthday! Birthdays are so fun. I am going to be 10 this year. When I have my birthday, it is also my brother's because we are twins. This year I want a cookie cake for my birthday. I also like the presents. Each one is special. I love birthdays!

Jameson McGraw

Grade 3, Prairieland

Family birthday: I just had my birthday. In a card my great-great-grandma wrote "Happy 6th birthday," but it was my 7th birthday. My brother and I had a family birthday party, same place, same time and same day. 

Ethan Meyer

Grade 1, Prairieland

Swimming: My birthday is fun because I get to go swimming with my friends. My birthday is fun because I get to open gifts. My birthday is fun because everyone gets cake.

Kenley West

Grade 1, Olympia South

Fun and life: I like my birthday because I get to have fun with or without friends. Most people think birthdays are all about presents, but I think birthdays are about new life and having fun.

Sai Koppuravuri

Grade 3, Oakland

Everyone sings: My birthday is one of my favorite days because everyone sings to me, and I get presents, and I go to fun places and have fun with my family.

Ortavie Nlandu

Grade 5, Oakdale

Choices: At a birthday you have cake or cupcakes. You can go places for your birthday. I stay home on my birthday because it is on July 31.

Keagan Tarpley

Grade 2, Oakdale

Favorite time: Birthdays are so much fun to have. My birthday is May 21. My favorite birthday was when I turned 6. I got an orange bike and a chocolate cake. I had a fun time with my friends.

Bryson Williams

Grade 1, Lowpoint-Washburn

Screaming fun: My birthday is always really good. I love my birthday because of my family and friends. Every time I have my birthday, I scream as loud as I can.

Blake Harris

Grade 2, Jefferson Park

Early birth: I was born early. Because my heart was going too fast, they had to do an emergency C-section. It was hard for me to breathe. I had a needle attached to my head. I was in the hospital for two weeks. I am happy and healthy now.

Alex Fillmore

Grade 5, High Road

Spectacular: I will have a spectacular birthday next year. My birthday is in winter. That means my birthday has to be inside. My favorite thing to do on my birthday is choose the cake. The best part of the day is when it's my party.

Sahasra Dasari

Grade 2, Grove

Sleepover time: On my last birthday I had a sleepover. I went to sleep at midnight while I was watching a movie and watching gymnastics.

Ava Heatley

Grade 1, Grove

Party memories: I had a birthday party a long time ago. It was at a bowling alley. We had fun. I also had a birthday party when I was turning 3. I had no friends, only Mom, Dad, Grandma and Patsy. We had race car cakes and plain ice cream.

Garret May

Grade 1, Fieldcrest Primary

Dream birthday: For my birthday I would like to go to a WWE match and see Dean Ambrose return from his injury. I haven't seen him in years. The first time I saw him in real life, I was so excited. I wish I could see him again.

Devin Crew

Grade 5, Fairview

Pick a place: When it is my birthday, my mom lets me pick a place to go. I like going skating. My mom lets me bring a lot of friends.

Keyanna Green

Grade 3, Fairview

Gifts: What I want for my birthday is money. I want slime kits and color sets, too.

Madison Padilla

Grade 3, Cedar Ridge

Dream birthday: My dream birthday party would be at an ice skating rink. I would serve them cake and ice cream, and when they leave I would give them Starbucks drinks.

Avery Hardy

Grade 2, Benjamin