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Kindergarten dreams: Class of 2026 envisions future

Middleton Elementary held its kindergarten graduation ceremony on June 4. During the ceremony, students performed songs for parents. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)

It was a day of firsts and lasts for kindergarteners at Middleton Elementary.

On June 4, students celebrated their last day of kindergarten with their first-ever graduation ceremony.

During the ceremony, kindergarteners performed a number of songs for parents before celebrating the next step – first grade – with cookies.

The Woodbury Bulletin caught up with some of the class of 2026 to see what their favorite thing about kindergarten was and what they want to be when they grow up.

What’s your favorite thing about kindergarten?

— Ameilya: “Recess. I like the monkey bars because there’s one that’s really high and I can climb on it because my hands are really sticky.”

— Amir: “Having a good teacher. She’s really nice.”

— Blake: “I like when I learned how to do the monkey bars. I like the swinging ones  because they ones that don’t swing are tricky for me.”

— Jade: “Everything.”

— Jason: “Watching videos.”

— Kiera: “Playing tag in gym.”

— Kingston: “Learning and I like a lot of the playing with toys.”

— Natalie: “Everything.”

— Oliver: “Birthdays.”

— Tayla: “Learning how to read, learning how to write and everything else.”

What do you want to be when you grow up?

— Alyssa: “A teacher. I want to teach kindergarten because I like it.”

— Ameilya: “A dentist, because dentists are really healthy and they clean teeth really good.”

— Amir: “A police man and a soldier like my dad.”

— Blake: “Maybe a construction worker. It’s like Minecraft because you build stuff.”

— Coleton: “A police man.”

— Cora: “A mom. My mom loves me and she always knows what to do.”

— Jade: “A teacher.”

— Jason: “Anything.”

— Kiera: “A teacher because then you can teach. (I want to teach fourth grade because) that’s the best grade.”

— Kingston: “Still living with my mom.”

— Kyle: “A police man so I can help people.”

— Natalie: “A teacher because it’s fun.”

— Bersy: “A voice actor. I like to be a character’s voice.”

— Oliver: “A doctor ‘cause it helps people.”

— Tayla: “I want to be a teacher like my dad.”

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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