KidsPost Class: Quarters at Breakthrough Montessori

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Sindy Rodriguez ‘s quarterback at the Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC, is an April KidsPost class. Breakthrough students choose the name of the tree for their class. Rodriguez’s 15 students, most of whom pose higher up with their class-class Ore, a bunny, are known as the Locust Tree class.

In each month of the school year, we plan to place one class in the second to seventh grades. If you want your class to be taken into account, ask your teacher to download our questionnaire at, ask students to complete it and send it together with a picture of the class to Selected classes will receive a Chesapeake Bay KidsPost poster or a Journey to Space poster, a KidsPost pencil for each student, and a selection of books. Teachers interested in learning more about KidsPost can subscribe to our weekly email newsletter at

Favorite author and favorite book: Rick Riordan is the only author to receive more than one vote from this easy-to-read class. The two students who mentioned him liked Percy Jackson’s series. The Harry Potter series, which shared a popular book, also received two votes. Other popular authors were Jeff Kinney, Lincoln Peirce, Kayla Miller and Mo Willems.

Favorite singer or musician: The winner in this category was … nobody. Three children said they didn’t have a favorite. The two chose the pop group Imagine Dragons. Other musical favorites were “Weird Al” Yankovic, Lizzo and Ariana Grande.

Favorite animals: Bunny fought his way to victory in this category, thanks in part to Ore, a class darling. Bunny won three votes. The cheetah placed second with two “because they are beautiful,” as one student wrote. The peregrine falcon and killer whale were among several other popular wild animals.

Favorite sport (gaming) or hobby: Football, called football in most of the world, has pushed American football four votes to three. Cycling finished in third place with two votes.

A place you’d like to visit but haven’t found yet: Hawaii was the top destination for this class. Three students would like to visit the islands. New York was second with two mentions.

Food you could eat every day of your life: It’s pizza every day! Two children were not specific, but the third insisted on pizza from Long Island. Other selected dishes included Ethiopian dishes, glazed pine cones and pupuses, flat bread from El Salvador and Honduras.

Work or occupation when you grow up: These students have a lot of creative ideas for the profession. These included a future video game designer, baker, fashion designer, scientist and tattoo artist.

World issue you would solve: Climate change received the most votes (four) for the problem that students want to solve. Finding a cure for covid-19 ranked second with two votes.

The person, alive or dead, whom you most admire: The family received the most votes “because I love them,” as one student wrote. Another student mentioned admiring the sisters because of their fashion sense. Jackie Robinson was one of the most admired people. This month, he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball 75 years ago.

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