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Loving cat: I have a cat. His name is Panther. He's a black cat. He is the most loving cat. Even though people say black cats are bad luck, he's still nice. He has toys.

Elise Evans

Grade 1, Sugar Creek

Scary dinosaur: Dinosaurs lived 66 million years ago. The scary one is the T-rex. They had the strongest bite in the land. If you want to kill it, it will take you 35 days.

Guy Bell

Grade 2, Stevenson

Practice makes perfect: I can do a cartwheel very well, but not gracefully. But I will get better and better. That is the greatest thing about learning. I hope I will be able to do it with one hand.

Prosper Livingston-Holmes

Grade 3, Sheridan

Prefers chicken: I love chicken. Chicken is in my top 10 favorites. It goes with most everything, corn, potatoes, green beans, salad and a ton of other stuff. This is why I like chicken.

Ethan Bowen

Grade 5, St. Mary's

Most important: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I like to have an ultimate breakfast. On a sleek glass plate are two lip-smacking waffles with appetizing whipped cream on top and two pieces of sizzling, hot bacon. Always make sure you have a drink such as orange juice.

Kate Snyder

Grade 5, Prairieland

Woodland animal: My favorite animal is a hedgehog. They are so cute and little. I love animals that live in the woods, and I want one. Sometimes I play with my stuffed hedgehog at night when my parents are asleep. 

Archer Souder

Grade 4, Prairieland

Basketball hero: My hero is Steph Curry because he is a basketball player, and I love basketball so much. I also like him because he is one of the best basketball players, and I think I could be one of the best basketball players, too. 

Keaton North

Grade 3, Prairieland

Elf on the Shelf: My elf's name is Rudy. Once I found him in my stocking. The day before he was on a shelf above my stove. He watches me every day and night. 

Leia Higgins

Grade 2, Prairieland

Pet bunny: I love my pet because my pet is so cute. My pet is a bunny. My pet's name is Charla.

Anh Nguyen

Grade 1, Prairieland

Polar Express: I went to the Polar Express ride, and I drank hot chocolate. I saw the hobo, and I got candy. I rode in Car 5. It was so super-duper fun, I really hope I do it again.

Audriana Taylor

Grade 2, Oakdale

Favorite movie: My favorite movie is "Transformers." It is my favorite movie because it has a planet that is named Cybertron and robot Autobots. The Autobots can transform into vehicles.

Dominic Geriets

Grade 3, Northwest

Vacation fun: I got to skip school to go to Wisconsin Dells. There were 15 people in all, nine kids and six adults. My favorite part is the rope course and the swimming pool. I went with my six cousins, four friends and five people in my family.

Carly Ulrich

Grade 3, Lowpoint-Washburn

Great pets: My pets' names are Mazy, Hammer and Libby. My pets like to run. Mazy likes to snuggle with me. Mazy likes to tackle Hammer. These pets are great to have.

Penelope Schumacher

Grade 1, Lowpoint-Washburn

My family: I love my family. We do everything together. 

Cassidy Wheatley

Grade 2, Jefferson Park

Yummy gingerbread men: I love gingerbread men. Gingerbread men are delicious and awesome. They are sweet. I love cooking gingerbread men. 

Maci Barth

Grade 2, Irving

Snow days: On snow days I like to play on my iPad. I also like to play with friends. I like to drink hot cocoa.

Alaina Backlund

Grade 2, Heyworth

Reading is fun: I like to read. I like to read chapter books at school. I like to learn new facts. I am good at reading. My favorite book is "When the Giants Came to Town." It is about a bunch of different giants.

Jade Shabah

Grade 1, Grove

Sibling fun: Next year I am finally pranking my brother. I have been working up the courage all year. It's going to be funny.

Fiona Blythe

Grade 3, Glenn

Santa's activities: Santa eats cookies and drinks milk and watches TV to relax.

Brooklyn Knowles

Grade 1, Fox Creek

Weekend fun: One weekend, I went shopping and played with Alivia. We made bracelets, and I missed Sunday school. We made cookies, and we played hide-and-seek and tag. It was fun.

Lilly Hartley

Grade 1, Fieldcrest Primary

Best game: On Dec. 9, my hockey team won our first game of the season 13-0. I scored five goals. My friend Hudson had around eight assists, and my friend Cooper had a shutout. My friend Isaac scored a hat trick. It was one of the most fun games I ever played.

John O'Connell

Grade 3, Epiphany

Checkers is fun: I like checkers because you get to play against another opponent, and you have to try to steal the other person's pieces.

Hope Aitken

Grade 1, Epiphany

Build anything: Legos are my favorite toy. You can build anything. I have Lego Star Wars, the Millennium Falcon.

Hunter Thompson

Grade 3, Cedar Ridge

Shark facts: Here are some facts about sharks that I have learned from books. Sharks are great hunters and can smell one drop of blood in 25 million drops of the ocean. Sharks can have a lot of teeth. Sharks come in big and little sizes. Some can be as small as a pencil while others are as big as a whale.

Graham Maxwell

Grade 2, Benjamin

Challenging game: Mario is a video game. It has nice and bad mushrooms. There are levels. It gets hard when you get to level three — at least for my sis and me.

Gretchen Borst

Grade 1, Sugar Creek

Star player: When I grow up I'm going to be a basketball player. I want to make a lot of shots and I want to be in the NBA. I want to play for the Clippers and then get traded to the New York Knicks. Then I want to be an MVP and never stop playing for the NBA.

Arthur Bekofe

Grade 2, Stevenson

Amazing birthday: My birthday last year was amazing. I had an ice cream cake. I had about 35 presents. I got a hover board for my birthday. We had it at Miller Park. It was so fun. I hope it is even better this year when I turn nine.

Janae Welch

Grade 3, Sheridan

Good movie: My favorite movie is "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." I think it is a very good movie. The actors in the movie are amazing actors. My favorite character is Hermione. I like Hermione because she is very brave and smart.

Hailey Chapman

Grade 5, St. Mary's  

"Star Wars" fan: I love "Star Wars." I like to play with light sabers. I like to watch "Star Wars" movies. I only own movies 1 to 6. I want to watch "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." I like to see the light saber fights in the movies. 

Leo Seaton

Grade 4, Prairieland

I love slime: I asked my mom, "Can you please buy me some glue?" She said, "Sure." I want glue for making slime. My mom got me Sta-Flo, which is an activator for slime. The next day, when my mom came in she was carrying a big gallon of clear glue.

Helena Nystrom

Grade 3, Prairieland

Silly elf: The silly thing Chippy does is he hangs upside down, making friends and hiding in our tree.

Lucas Robb

Grade 2, Prairieland

Favorite subject: Math is my favorite subject. Math is a great subject because every day we learn something new.

Analise Stelmaszek

Grade 1, Prairieland

Elf is favorite part: I love Christmas because it is the time of year you get to spend with your family. My Elf on the Shelf came this year. Her name is Snowflake, and she is my favorite part of Christmas. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Amalie Johnston

Grade 3, Oakdale

Fun party: On my birthday in July, I will have fun. I will have a party. The party will be fun for my friends and me. I will be 8. I can have a pool party. I can have a fun party. I like parties.

Sylvia Gonzalez

Grade 2, Oakdale

Family times: I love my family. I have seven people in my family. We love to play board games like Sorry, Uno and Connect 4. Our favorite is Monopoly. We love to go on walks and go swimming. We read a lot of books. I love to look out the window. I watch my mom cook food.

Shepherd Nowark

Grade 2, Jefferson Park

Christmas fun: I love Christmas and snowmen. Santa comes to my house. I love unwrapping presents. Santa's elves help him. I like to eat candy canes.

Ezekiel Rivera

Grade 2, Irving

Snow day: I wish it was a snow day. If it is a snow day, I will play on my tablet. Our parents will be frustrated if there is a snow day.

Victoria Carrasco

Grade 2, Heyworth

My dog Friday: I like my dog. My dog's name is Friday. My dog is a she. She is always all over me. I love my dog.

Harrison Overberg

Grade 1, Grove

Let's go: We are going on a bus. We are going to the high school today.

Hunter Karshner

Grade 1, Fieldcrest Primary