Last month, a local newspaper sent out a call for all students to submit poems, essays and art for its annual children’s holiday edition. Unfortunately, there were more responses than there was space.

I thought you might enjoy some of the essays written by third-graders at my school. Consider them my gift to you.

What I’d Change about School by Maria P.

If I could change anything about school, I’d like to add more field trips and more projects (very surprising). I’d like more field trips because we get a break out of our classrooms. I would be out in the field more! They’re good for our little minds. It’s really true. I would also like more projects because they are very fun to work on at home. My favorite type is book reports. I love reading!

What I’d Change about School by Jack N.

If I could change one thing about school, it would be recess. I would make it 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes. I would also change the supplies. I would have more kickballs and footballs and baseballs. I would also add a football field.

What is Your Best Present Ever? By Ben D.

My best gift ever is Stryker. Stryker is different than his brother and sister, who are colored black and brown. Stryker is just brown. I like Stryker because he is like a brother to me. He’s playful, and he’s the first dog I ever had. It’s almost time for Stryker to be full grown. (They grow up so fast.)

The Best Gift I Have Ever Received by Joshua W.

The best gift I have ever received was Lego Star Wars 2, a computer game, from Santa. As soon as me and my family finished unwrapping presents and playing on the new swingset, me and my dad went downstairs to play Lego Star Wars 2 (after reading the boring, partially funny guide.)

What I Would Change about School by Noah H.

Something I would change about school is you could bring electronics to class, because if you are bored, then you could play them and have more fun. But if you didn’t have fun, then you might not want to go to school anymore, and if you don’t want to go back to school anymore, then you wouldn’t learn anything, and if you didn’t learn anything, then you might not be smart.

The Thing I am Looking Forward To by Jacob B.

The thing I am most looking forward to is my electric guitar for Hanukkah. It’s cool because would your mom get you one every day? It gets me closer to being a rock star. It’s cheap so I can use the money for charity.

What I Would Change about School by Mishka P.

I would change a lot of things about school. I would change the water fountains into soda fountains because I love soda a lot. Also, I would make there be more than two field trips because I love field trips. I would make there be four days of school instead of five.

What I Would Change about School by Torie F.

What I would change about school is I would make it more fun. You would get free ice cream at lunch, and you would get extra recess. We would have a computer lab. There would still be lessons, but they would be more fun. You could go home whenever you wanted.

What I Would Change about School by Jillian B.

First, what I would change about school is the kids would get recess first thing in the day and would get as much recess as they want. Second, twice every week, the kids would get to be the teacher, and the teacher would be the student. Third, the cafeteria food would be whatever the students wanted.

A mother of three boys, Pam Zich has been married to a Marine for 19 years and currently lives in Springfield, Va. You may e-mail her at or visit her Web site at

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