COLUMBIA — Friday was the last day before summer vacation for Columbia Public Schools. Reporters visited four elementary schools and talked to students as they headed into the building for their last day of school this year. We asked: “What was the coolest thing you learned or did in school this year?”
Here is what the students had to say.
“Science and electricity. We got to make big sparks out of batteries and wire.”
— Sidni Jones, 10, fourth grade
“I liked Australia day. We tasted Australia food. The Vegemite didn’t taste very good.”
—Cassie Hulett, 8, second grade
“Pajama day, we got to wear pajamas all day. I wore Transformer pajamas.”
— Lucas Hulett, 6, first grade
“Yesterday in science was cool. We did a Coke and Mentos experiment and a vinegar and a baking soda experiment.”
— Anna Shull, 11, fifth grade
“We went to the planetarium. We learned about the sun, moon and all the other planets.”
— Molly Shull, 6, kindergarten
“Australia day. I liked everything and I liked the food.”
— Aiden Fullington, 9, third grade
“My teacher, Mrs. Steitz, she was nice and she taught us how to hold different critters, like turtles and cockroaches."
— Cecilia Stokes, 7, first grade
“Algebra. It was fun.”
— Tyrique Wright, 11, fifth grade
“How to write a check and balance one. Because you usually don’t learn this at (my) age.”
— Deja Lopez, 10, fifth grade
"I would say division 'cause it’s just putting in rows. Little rows of the second number. Like, two divided by two would equal one.”
— Mason Hopkins, 8, second grade
“Subtraction 'cause it’s taking away numbers.”
— Peyton Hopkins, 6, kindergarten
“How to read. Because I never knew how to read before.”
— Cierra Lynn Nelson, 7, first grade
“Well, the coolest thing I learned this year is math, lots of math things because it helps my brain get bigger. Also, I’m going to third grade, so I’m going to use all that knowledge to try to get my tests right.”
— Quincy Vansickle, 8, second grade
“Science. We got to make instruments out of anything we could find at home.”
— Darius McPike, 9, third grade
“Multiplication because it’s easy and kind of fun.”
— Jose Jackson, 10, fourth grade
“That I have a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Adams.”
— Anthony Frigerio, 8, second grade
“We learned how to make a class book. We wrote an all-about-animals book and did research on the computer in the computer lab.”
— Kaylen Hayward, 8, second grade
“I learned how to spell my last name.”
— Colby Maltsbarger, 5, kindergarten
“Science. We were studying plants. Now that we are done with science, I like recess.”
— Matthew Szkolka, 9, third grade
Shepard Boulevard Elementary
"We learned about space this year with Mrs. Downs."
— Lake Reid, 6, kindergarten
"We learned that sharks have very sharp teeth."
— Anders Harms, 7, first grade
"If you smoke your lungs will get black."
— Kaylee Wiyrick, 8, second grade
"I learned about whales and other animals."
— Madison Holmes, 8, second grade
"We learned the minus."
— Barrett and Finley Hobart, 5, kindergarten
"I learned about division and history."
— Asher Hobart, 9, second grade