Columns and stories of life from the Fredericksburg area.
What gift would you give the world?
If you could give the world any present this holiday, what would it be and why?
That’s the question we posed to some very generous first-, second- and
third-graders at Livingston Elementary in Spotsylvania. Denying us
nothing, they offered peace, love and pets, money, food and clothing,
Legos, ice cream and dirt bikes.
On Friday, look for the responses of students at Anne E. Moncure
Elementary in Stafford.
My present to give the world would be cash because in case they are
poor or to buy whatever they want. My second present would be the game
Minecraft because they can play it and play it with friends. My 3rd
present will be dirt bikes so they can race them and have fun.
—Ryan Smith, 8
A nice holiday because it should be fair. Say your sister or brother
gets a present but you don’t, it would be hard for one to get a
present and the other not to.
—Jesse Barker, 9
I will give the world $1,000,000. They would buy large, large, large,
large steaks because we need steaks. Steaks are meat and you need meat
for a dinner.
—Kenneth Dodson, 8
My name is Collin, and iIf I could give the world a present, it would
be an Xbox Live and Xbox 360 because I think everyone should rock out
and have fun. I shall give them a house, electricity and a TV to play
—Collin Boelman, 9
If I were to give the whole world a gift, it would be a sculpture of
the first president so that we can remember all of the good things
that he did for us. I would also give that for peace and harmony for
everyone. Without him, we wouldn’t even be living here. So we should
be glad that he won the war. He let our country stay. If it wasn’t for
him, we would be living in England. America wouldn’t even be here.
—Emma R. Laslie, 8
It will be world peace. The reason I want to give the world peace is
because people always die, and some family or friends could miss
people who die. I want to help with that problem, so that’s why I want
to give the world world peace. World peace makes people happy, and I
like to help people.
—Nyasia Turk, 8
My name is Alexis, and if I gave the world a gift for Christmas, it
would be freedom! It would be freedom because everyone deserves
freedom. I mean, why not? It could even be a gift for their birthday!
So everyone deserves freedom!
—Alexis Gruentzel, 8
If I gave the world a present, it would be the cool message of Jesus
and a Merry Christmas. That is an awesome present because they deserve
to learn about God.
—Troy Moskowitz, 8
If I could give the world a present, it would be a camera because they
will need something to do. I’ll give paper and pens so they can draw.
I’ll bring a game board so they can play and not be bored.
—Briana Greer, 9
I would bring toys to children all over the world. I would bring video
games because they won’t have anything to do. I’ll bring books so they
can be a better reader. I’ll bring a board game so they can be a good
sport. I’ll bring an art set so they can be better artists. I’ll bring
a clock so they can be good at time.
—Mackenzie Hart, 8
My name is Logan. I would give the world freedom to buy stuff for the
world. I would buy an Xbox 360 to play so people can enjoy life.
—Logan Ventro, 8
I would give the world a present. It would be pets because people like
pets. The pets would be some dogs. It would be a pretty dog.
—Allison Burgess, 6
I will give the world 500 dollars. They can get groceries.
—Kaitlyn Potter, 6
I would give the world a toy little puppy. Everyone likes toy puppies.
—Tyler Handy, 6
I would give the world pet tigers because then the world would have
the strongest pet ever.
—Virginia Downey, 7
I would give the world money so they can get more food so they don’t go hungry.
—Savhanna Lever, 6
I would give the world freedom and joy because it would make them happy.
—Justin Collins, 7
I would give the world games because they like games. The world will play games.
—Jayden Shepherd, 6
I would give the world money so the people can get food so the people can live.
—Amber Sitko, 7
I would give the world toys because some kids don’t have toys.
—Isabella Olivieri, 6
I would give the world Frisbees because they might like it. I would
give the world Redskins. I would give Redskins shirts. I would give
the world food so they would have food.
—Haileigh Dickinson, 6
I would give the world Redskins jackets because it is a football team.
I give them the jacket of the Jets and Steelers.
—Ethan Bennett, 7
I would give the world 1,000,000,000 dollars so they could get a job.
—Jackson Cooper, 6
I would give the world money. I would give money so they can buy their food.
—Dylan Sullivan, 6
I would give the world love because some people do not have love. Lots
and lots is good.
—Macy Persinger, 6
I would give the world a trophy about the armies because they are important.
—Merissa Evinger, 7
I would give the world joy so they can be safe.
—Echo Young, 6
I would give the world a TV because then they could play games. I will
give them Lego guys because they can play with Legos. I will give them
a fish bowl so they can watch the fish.
—Jack Stephenson, 7
I would give the world candy because some kids don’t have candy.
—Jayden Cleveland, 6
I would give the world happiness because I like happiness.
—Michele Boutchyard, 6
I would give a lot of yo–yos to the world so they can play.
—Kavon White, 6
I would give the world a PlayStation.
—John Duke, 6
I would give the world $10,000. Then they could buy food.
—Michele Dodge, 7
I would give the world food for the people who need them.
—Alana H., 7
I would give the world food for the students because they will get hungry.
—MaKenzi B., 6
If I give the world a present, I would give the world a Power-Up Buzz Lightyear.
—Dylan T., 6
I would give the world a puppy. It is pretty and nice and a great gift
for the world.
—Zanya T., 7
I would give the world a well. I will give it because a well is for wishing.
—Haeven W., 6
I would give the world a Christmas tree for the town—a big Christmas tree.
—Danielle T., 7
I would give the world a big surprise because it is special.
—Bryan Y., 6
I would give the world a little puppy because the world will love it.
—Laney H., 6
I would give the world 9,900 presents. I would give the world more
presents because I think that would be nice.
—Alyssa V., 7
If I give the world no bullies, people will not get hurt.
—Andrew B., 7
I would give the world 10 reindeers so the people could be so good. I
would give them things.
—Calleigh C., 6
I would give the world more reindeers. I would give the world reindeer
because I like them.
—Riley P., 7
I would give the world 100 super heroes. I would give the world super
heroes because there might be too many bad guys.
—Connor L., 6
I would give the world a pet. I will give it to you. I like it because
pets are cute.
—Jordan L., 7
I will give the world more love. I think because the people in America
give more love so people get together.
—Reganne R., 6
I would give the world a Wii. I would give them a Wii because it’s a
video game. And they might like it. And because most people like video
—Emily B., 6
If I will give the world a present, it will be a Beyblade. I like it
because the Beyblades spin really fast.
—Travis B., 6
I would give the world an electric scooter because nobody has it.
—Brandon T., 7
I would give the world many presents.
—Michel M., 6
If I will give the world a present, I will give them a new toy that
will spin and spin until it stops for a minute.
—Cora C., 6
I would give the world peace because some people are pregnant.
—Jacob L., 6
I would give the world a car. People will like it.
—Kayla P., 6
I would give the world Xboxes to play games. Playing games is fun.
Everybody will be happy. I want everybody to be happy.
—Daniel McGinnis, 9
This holiday I would give jobs to all people. This will help so they
are not poor and so they will have a home. I know some people are poor
and I don’t want them to be poor.
—Michael Bailey, 9
I would give everybody a cat. A cat is a good pet for you. I would
give them money. I will give a big thank you for keeping our world
safe, God. School is important for kids to learn things. A cat and a
dog because pets need owners.
—Cody Gentry, 8
I would give the whole world money because they need more money. They
can spend it on food. If they don’t have money, they don’t have food.
—Joshua Euson, 7
I could give lots of presents to the school and to me. The school
needs school stuff. I need toys too.
—Michael Starkell, 8
I would give the world a Monster energy drink. Then they can exercise.
Exercise makes people healthy, strong and skinny. Healthy people do
not have to go to the doctor.
—DJ Saul, 9
I would give the world food so everybody doesn’t starve and water so
they don’t thirst.
—Serenity Kelly, 8
I would give the world ice cream because some people do not have ice
cream. Some people like ice cream.
—Cody Seymour, 7
If I could give a gift to the world, I would give a diamond. Everybody
likes diamonds. People can buy things. They can buy food.
—Shawn Wood, 7
I would give the world ice cream. Some have ice cream and some do not
have any. I think everybody can have ice cream.
—Nathan Handy, 7
I would give the world ice cream. I cream is good. People eat ice
cream and are very happy. I want everyone to be happy.
—Vladimir Kursakov, 7
I would give recycled toys, cars, clothes. It is awesome to make other
—Ryan C., 8
I would give the world four-wheelers so they can ride for fun and race
for fun. I want to let everyone have fun.
—Justin Powers, 8
I would give the world food. There are some poor people that may need
food. I don’t want to see people be hungry.
—Hunter Rose, 9
I would give the world dirt bikes so they can race them and have fun.
—Ryan Smith, 8
You ought to go to some store to buy a gift for someone special that
someone made for you. Give them a gift like a shirt, pants, shoes or
To give a surprise present like a Christmas party, decorate a tree
with beautiful things and put a star on the tree. Put gifts for
special people who have helped you a lot in these days.
Give a gift to the boss at your work because without work you would
not have a home, food or clothes, so you should give them a special
gift. On the gifts, put the name of the person so that you don’t
confuse the gifts for each person. And if you give gifts to one,
eight, nine, 10 or 20 people, they will give gifts to you as well and
you will be a very good and special person to all those people that
help you so much in the whole world.
Finally I hope that you share this with the whole world. Thanks for
listening to my message.
—Nicole Araya, 10
I would give the world flying cars and a food machine. I would give
the world that because it will give us free food. I would give the
world a flying car because you can fly anywhere.
—Alip Nury, 7
I would give the world a Game Boy and food and water because everybody
needs food and water. If not, they will die.
—Kayla Heflin, 8
I would give the world happiness and love and money and gold because I
love the world. The end.
—Alex James Dickinson, 7
I wish the world a great holiday because they will be happy. They
would be really happy. Then they won’t be sad on the holiday.They
would be very happy.
—Makayla Burgess, 7
I would give the world a flower because they’re sweet. They’re pretty.
They smell nice. They taste bad. The main reason is because I like it.
—Casey Henley, 7
I’ll give girls a dog and a doll. I’ll give boys a guitar. And I
forgot, girls should get a pet frog. I will give the world everything
they want.The end.
—John Romano, 7
I would give the world eggs. I would make the sky red. I would take
care of my mom. I would give all the children free ice cream.
—Cody Seymour, 7
I would give them clothes and food because some don’t have food and
clothes. But some people do have clothes and food.
—Ainsley Emberton, 7
I would give the people presents because they need clothing and shoes.
They need homes and food and a bed and a tree.
—Tyler Lambert, 7
I would give it Legos because you could build anything. And they stay
together for a long time or if you drop them on the floor.
—Clay Waddy, 8
I would give the world an iPhone. I would give the world food and water.
—Jonathan McCarty, 7
I will give the world food so they will survive.
—Noah Mortensen, 7
I would give the world a city because I like cities. They are
colorful. I would give the world a DSi because they are fun to play.
And it’s a present. I would give the world an iPod. This is great to
live in the world.
—Hannah Hall, 7
I would give people gold and money too. But most of all, I will give
you food too.
—Skyla Greene, 7
I want to give them free bowling tickets.
—Brandon Rutkoskie, 8