Florida trip: My family and I went to Destin two years ago. I got salt water up my mouth and nose. I also got buried in the sand with my brother with only our heads sticking out. My grandpa and I built a big sandcastle together. I had so much fun at Destin. We're going again in July!

Cameron Caldwell

Grade 1, Tri-Valley

New at the zoo: I went to the zoo to see animals. The Miller Park Zoo is getting two alligators. One is green, and one is white.

Rylan Miess

Grade 1, Sugar Creek 

Birthday plans: My birthday is in April, so it's in, like, a couple of weeks. I'm going to Chicago. I'm going to Dave & Buster's and staying the night.

Ivyanna Salinas

Grade 3, Sheridan

Tough sport: Football is a tough sport, but if you play tackle you can get hurt. That is why I think football is fun.

Bentley Choate

Grade 2, Schneider

Cougar facts: Did you know baby cougars have spots? I did! Do you know cougars are 6 to 8 feet long? It is amazing! I think so. I love cougars.

Cassady Fleming

Grade 1, Prairieland

Victory the turtle: My turtle's name is Victory. She is a girl and is super funny. When she gets on a rock in her tank, she flips over. We feed her flies and fish pellets. We clean her tank every two weeks.

Tyler Hupp

Grade 4, Pepper Ridge

About hamsters: When you get a hamster your pet will not act like the hamster on TV. You're going to have to train it so you can hold it and pet it. Hamsters need food, water, a hideout, a wheel and bedding. Hamsters are awesome!

Sean Thelemaque

Grade 3, Oakland

Favorite animals: My favorite animals are deer, red pandas and penguins. I like deer because they are so beautiful and fierce. I love red pandas because they are so lazy and furry and just so cute! I also like penguins because they waddle — so cute — and they are just so floppy!

Angela Rattan

Grade 3, Oakdale 

My best friend: I am grateful for Drake because he was my best friend. We played together. We were the bestest friends. I miss him because he's at Carlock.

Mekhi Taylor

Grade 2, Oakdale

March madness: I am an ISU fan in the MVC. I am sad none of them got in. The women's team was closer than the men. For the women's MVC, Missouri State and Drake were in the NCAA tournament. For the men's it was only Bradley.

Bailey Engel

Grade 4, Northpoint

Fun in nature: I like to swing outside in the nature. I like to smell pink flowers. I like to take walks with my cat. Nature is fun!

Carley Johnson

Grade 3, Northpoint

Hobby: My favorite hobby is sketching. It makes me happy, and it gives me something to do when I am bored. When I sketch, I make cool pictures and funny ones, too. Sketching is fun.

Johnathan Jahnke

Grade 3, Lowpoint-Washburn

Summer fun: I'm going to play baseball this summer. I want to be on a blue team. I hope Ryley is on my team. I want to play second base. I can't wait until summer.

Collin Osterman

Grade 1, Lowpoint-Washburn

Baseball: Baseball is my favorite hobby and sport for many reasons. I like to catch because you can help your team by getting an out. Hitting and throwing are big things in baseball because we have to throw pitches and throw to the bases to get out. Hitting is my favorite because you can see how far you can hit. It is also how you score.

Gaige Melton

Grade 5, Lexington

Ocean: The ocean is a fun place. I went to the ocean. It was a fun trip. The ocean is filled with life. The ocean is a big place.

Colton McBride

Grade 2, Heyworth

Sew much fun: I love sewing with my grandma and my friends. My grandma and I often try to make little animals. We've made a dog, cat and elephant. She also sews may things for me and my family. Together we sewed a ballerina doll.

Alyssa Hutson

Grade 3, Grove 

My play date: One time McKinley and I went to the St. Patrick's Day parade. Then we went to her house and jumped on the trampoline. After that we went to Five Below and got Twisting Petz. We also went rock climbing. Then went to Joe's for dinner.

Sydney Auth

Grade 2, Grove

Fairy garden: I have a fairy garden, and it's supposed to be a tree hollow. But what is cool is it has actual seeds! There's a fairy and a bunny, but the bunny is terrifying.

Fiona Blythe

Grade 3, Glenn 

Happy with animals: My fish made me happy. I liked my pet fish, but we got rid of him. Going to the zoo makes me happy, too.

Carter Jones

Grade 2, Fox Creek

Spring project: On spring break my family is going to fix our house.

Jada Martin

Grade 1, Fox Creek 

Tumbling is fun: I like tumbling. I do tumbling in Minonk. It's fun. I got to go on the wall, and I do cartwheels. I got on the wall because I did a front limber. A front limber is when you start in a cartwheel and go into a back bend.

Kayleigh Robbins

Grade 1, Fieldcrest Primary

Fun time: I love to play catch with my dad. It is so fun to play with my dad.

Luca Rossi

Grade 1, Epiphany

Money: I love money. Money is how you buy stuff and get snacks, drinks and food. It helps you.

Keah Conlon

Grade 3, Cedar Ridge

Interesting animals: I like dinosaurs because these interesting animals lived 65 million years ago, and there were different sizes of them. The biggest dinosaur is the Brachiosaurus and the smallest is Compsognathus. My most favorite dinosaur is the is the speedy and sneaky velociraptor.

Srisourya Karuturi

Grade 3, Benjamin  

Captain and Thor: My cats' names are Captain and Thor. These two cats are indoor cats and do not like to go outside. They are fluffy, light brown and white cats. Their favorite hobbies are fighting, scratching shoes and cuddling with my mom. 

Sophie Becher

Grade 2, Benjamin

Hope you like dogs: My favorite animal is a dog. I like dogs for a lot of reasons. They are cute, playful, kind and nice. They can protect you, play with you if you are bored, snuggle and more reasons. That is why I like dogs. I hope you like dogs now.

Avery Holzbauer

Grade 4, Northpoint

Helping St. Jude: My hobby is to help Mom raise money for St. Jude. My mom and Aunt Mandy and I are trying to get a kids St. Jude run. The other St. Jude run is for 16 years old and up. I want to help all the kids who have cancer.

Claire Peterson

Grade 3, Lowpoint-Washburn

Football fan: Football is my favorite sport, and here are some reasons why. You can tackle people. You run around and truck people. You can score and beat other teams. It's a sport that's competitive. 

Bo Stutzman

Grade 5, Lexington

Ocean visit: I have been to the ocean. The water was blue and cold. Sharks live in the ocean.

Jackson Cline

Grade 2, Heyworth

Spring break plans: I get to sleep in at home, and I am going to the store.

Hailie Springer

Grade 1, Fox Creek

Dancing giraffe: I like the book "Giraffes Can't Dance" because everyone thinks he can't. The giraffe goes into some bushes, and he hears a sound. He finds a cricket. They become friends. Then the giraffe shows everyone he can dance.

Lena Greskoviak

Grade 1, Fieldcrest Primary

Gotcha day: On my gotcha day I got to pick where we get to go to dinner. It's going to be Kobe! I'll eat egg rolls, sushi and shrimp. Yum!

Libby Johnson

Grade 1, Epiphany

Care for books: I love books. You have to take care of books. You can't eat by the book. Put it in your book bag, and when you are done with them, you put them back where you got them.

Rylee Jones

Grade 3, Cedar Ridge

Beautiful spring: Spring is the season between winter and summer. Spring is the most beautiful season of the year. There are flowers blooming all around and it makes the ground colorful and bright. One of my favorite memories is going strawberry picking with my family in spring.

Smayan Ravinutula

Grade 3, Benjamin

Chocolate labs: Do you have a chocolate lab? Chocolate labs cannot have chocolate. Neither can other dogs. Chocolate labs have blue eyes. Chocolate labs are brown. I know all of these facts because I have a chocolate lab. His name is Marshall.

Brooklyn Hardesty

Grade 2, Schneider 

Cousin's birthday: My cousin's birthday is March 12. Tuesday, March 12, is the morning I got to eat breakfast with Ashlyn. That morning I got to eat doughnuts for breakfast. Ashlyn is the best cousin.

Ryley Damerell

Grade 1, Lowpoint-Washburn

Amazing family: I have an amazing family! My family members are nice people. My family is kind. My family is smart, too! I thank God for my family each and every day.

Sarah Guo

Grade 2, Benjamin