Basketball player: I want to be a basketball player when I grow up. Basketball is my favorite sport. I like my coach so much. He is so good at basketball. We practice a lot. I hope to play on TV someday.
Grade 2, Benjamin
Like mom: When I grow up I want to be like my mom. She is a kind person. She always cares for people, and she is loving. That is who I want to be.
Grade 3, Benjamin
Soccer star: When I am big, I want to become a soccer player to play on the team Real Madrid. I love soccer because it is really fun. My favorite soccer player is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Grade 3, Cedar Ridge
Pastry chef: When I grow up I want to be a chef. I want to own a five-star restaurant. My desserts are pastries. I want my food to be yummy.
Grade 2, Epiphany
Vroom!: When I grow up I want to be a race car driver. Vroom! I would like to go fast on a racetrack. Racing is the best.
Grade 3, Epiphany
Travel and play: When I grow up I want to go to Chicago. When I get there I can play Pokemon Go. I can stay at a hotel. I can swim in a pool at the hotel. I will be happy when I grow up.
Grade 2, Fairview
Fight fires: When I grow up I want to be a fireman. I can fight fires. I will use a big hose. I will help others if they are trapped in a fire. I will chop the door down. I will drive a fire truck.
Grade 4, Fox Creek
Star on TV: I want to be a famous movie star on TV. I am going to be so awesome all the people will be watching me on TV.
Grade 2, Glenn
Smarter kids: When I grow up I want to be a teacher because it will make the kids smarter. It will be fun to teach.
Grade 1, Grove
Busy teaching: I want to be a teacher when I grow up. I want to teach second grade. I will give my kids snacks. They will have homework. We will play games. We will have reading time. I hope it will be fun to be a teacher.
Grade 2, Grove
Professional shortstop: When I grow up I would like to be a baseball player for the Cubs. I would get paid a lot. My dad played it when he was in college. I play shortstop, and that is what I would like to play for the Cubs.
Grade 3, Grove
Father's footsteps: I want to be a policeman when I grow up. I want to be a policeman because my dad is one. I would arrest bad guys and help people by taking them home if they are lost. If I was a policeman, I would save the world.
Grade 2, Heyworth
Helping people: When I grow up I want to be a teacher because I want to help people learn new things. I also want to meet new people. I also want to encourage people into doing stuff. I also want to be an artist because my dad's an artist.
Grade 2, Hoose
Brilliant scientist: When I grow up I am going to be a brilliant scientist. I want to work at NASA. Because I want to be a scientist I also do science experiments at home.
Grade 3, Hoose
Dirt bike pro: When I grow up I will be a pro dirt bike racer. My family will ride dirt bikes because I will buy them for them. I want to live in the country because I would have more room to ride my dirt bike.
Grade 2, Jefferson Park
Abstract art: When I grow up I will be an abstract artist in Paris. I will splatter on my canvas. I will be rich in Paris with my family. I will use hot pink with red, blue and green. I will give the paintings to the museum and Mrs. Woodward.
Grade 3, Lowpoint-Washburn
Salesman: I want to be a salesman like my dad. I want to be married and be a dad. I want to live in a mansion.
Grade 2, New Holland-Middletown
I love art: When I grow up I want to be an art teacher. Art is so much fun. You can make pictures. You can make anything you want. You can make something red, blue and pink. I love art.
Grade 3, New Holland-Middletown
Loving animals: I am going to be a vet. Animals love me. I love animals. My first favorite animals are cats. My second favorite animal is a dog.
Grade 4, New Holland-Middletown
Fashion is fun: When I grow up I want to be a fashion designer. I also want to have my own clothing line because I think it would be really fun. I also love designing things and making clothes.
Grade 4, Northpoint
Not sure yet: When I grow up I don't want to do anything, yet. It's really hard to think what I want to do when there is a lot to choose from. I am only in fifth grade. When I grow up I hope I can find something.
Grade 5, Northpoint
Lincoln firefighter: I want to be a fireman. It will feel cool. I want to live in Lincoln where I grew up.
Grade 3, Northwest
Burglars and doughnuts: When I grow up I will be a policeman. I will get the burglars and handcuff them. I will put them in their cell. I will wear a police suit and have a car. I will get doughnuts, too. I will call the fire department to put the fire out.
Grade 2, Oakdale
Olympic gymnast: When I grow up I want to be in the Olympics. I want to be a gymnast because I love gymnastics. I am so flexible I can do the splits.
Grade 3, Oakdale
Call center: When I grow up I want to be a guy who picks up the phone when people call Country Financial.
Grade 5, Parkside
Rescue animals: When I grow up I want to be an animal rescuer because I love working with animals, and I never want to see them get hurt. I have always been the type who would want to adopt an animal, and I can never get enough of them.
Grade 4, Pepper Ridge
Snake lover: When I grow up I want to be a herpetologist. A herpetologist is a scientist who studies snakes. I want to be one because I love snakes.
Grade 2, Prairie Central
Big plans: Here are a few things I want to be in life when I grow up. I will have a big family with four kids and two chocolate labs as pets. My big family and I will live in a big house in a nice neighborhood in Illinois. A shiny red Viper will be the car that I drive when I grow up. I feel like that would be a great life to have.
Grade 2, Prairieland
Videos and animals: When I get older I will be a YouTuber. My videos will be about Minecraft, Roblox and Legos. I want three snakes, two dogs and three tarantulas. I'll go live in the country so I can have a pool.
Grade 3, Prairieland
Many plans: When I grow up I want to be an actress staring in Hollywood TV shows with my name in lights and billboards. Before that I want to go to a sewing school and make fabulous clothes for little girls like me. When I am older I want to visit Melbourne, Australia, and New York City. Last, I want to be a comedian and make people smile and laugh like I do now.
Grade 4, Prairieland
Formula Three: Zoom! Number 43 is in hot pursuit of the lead, and he takes it! Lex Brooks has just conquered Le Mans 2042. When I grow up I want to race for Bondurant Corvette, the best F3 team there is. F3 is a type of racing where stock automobiles are taken in by high-level engineers and turned into bad-to-the-bone speedsters.
Grade 5, Prairieland
Still deciding: When I grow up I want to be either an Army man or a baker. I want to be an Army man because I see the Navy SEALs on TV. It inspires me to serve my country. I want to be a baker because I love the aromas of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, cakes and cupcakes. I'm not sure.
Grade 4, St. Mary's
Role model: When I grow up I want to be a fifth-grade teacher at St. Mary's School, Bloomington. My fifth-grade teacher is my role model. I want to be just like her. I also want to be a role model for my students.
Grade 5, St. Mary's