Every year just prior to the end of the year, Journal staff asks school district students in third grade a holiday-related question. The youngsters always reveal most interesting or inventive answers and submit them for publication. This year, students were asked: Pick someone who lives in River Falls and is not related to you, to whom you'd like to give a holiday gift. Who would you pick? What would you give that person, and why?
Here are some of the responses from part of Teacher Pam Friede's class at Greenwood Elementary School. Look for more responses in upcoming issues of the print edition of the Journal and online.
If I could give someone in River Falls a gift I would pick Madison because she is super, super, super nice. If I could give her something I would get her a brand new horse. I would get her a brand new horse because she likes horses. --By Sierra Olson
If I could give a present to someone in River Falls who is not related to me it would be my babysitter Beth because she is very nice to me and plays fun games with me. I would give her a little penguin stuffed animal with a Santa hat because she loves penguins and it is almost Christmas. --By Ariana Porcello
Choosing someone in River Falls that is not in my family or related to me was very difficult but I finally picked someone. I picked Sierra Kyes because she has been my best friend since kindergarten. If I could get her a present I would get her a craft kit because she loves art. --By Veronica Wood
If I could give a gift to someone in River Falls not related to me I would pick Amaya. I would give her a Karaoke machine because she is my friend and she really likes to sing. --By Madison Grundstrom
If I could give a gift to someone in River Falls not related to me I would pick Nick Longsdorf. I would pick Nick because he is my favorite friend. I would give him football cards because he loves football. --By Braden Mork
It was hard to choose someone who isn't related to me who lives in River Falls to give a gift to...so after thinking about it for a while I decided I would pick my friend Jackson because he's been my friend since first grade. I would give him a Bakugan because he just got out of the hospital. --By Ben O'Neill
It was hard to choose one person that is not related to me who lives in River Falls to give a present to. I chose Brandon because he is my friend. I would give him a couple of Viking tickets because he really likes the Vikings. --By Jared Syverson
It was hard to pick a person that is not related to me who lives in River Falls to give something to. I picked Joey J. because she is one of my special friends. If I could give Joey a gift it would be the American Girl doll Addy because she really deserves one. --By Morgan Simpson
It was hard to pick someone to give a present to. I would give Alex a football because Alex is my best friend. He also really likes sports. --By Richard Veness
It was hard to choose one person that is not related to me to give a present to but I finally picked Anna. I picked her because she is my best friend. The present I would give Anna is a card because she really likes cars. --By Amaya Schultz
It was tough to choose one person that is not related to me to give a gift to. I chose Jared because he is my best friend. I would give him Viking tickets in the front row. I would give them to him because he has never been to a Viking game. --By Mason Prigge
If I could chose to give someone a gift in River Falls that is not related to me I would choose Mr. and Mrs. Slivicke. I would help them clean their yard. --By Nathan Fuller
If I could give gift to someone that's not related to me I would pick my teacher Mrs. Friede. She's the best teach in the world. I plan to give her a clay project (cup) and a card. I'd give her that stuff because I love making clay projects and cards. --By Mattie Peters
It was hard to choose one person to give gift to. I finally decided on Ben O'Neill because Ben and I have been friends for 4 years. The gift I want to give him is to be best friends forever! --By Logan Mclaughlin