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The year ahead

Goals for 2010:

Read 100 books

Get at least one inch taller

Be a better friend

Become less talkative in class

Hear the birds sing all the time

Get grades that make my mom cry

Wishes for 2010:

My grandma gets better soon

Clemson beats Carolina in baseball

Snow in South Carolina

Summer year-round

A cure for cancer

A national law for no homework

Buddy my naughty dog behaves better

Stop all the crime

Soldiers serving in the Middle East come home for good

BALLENTINE ELEMENTARY

My hopes for the new year are to stay up late and for it to snow. The reason I want it to snow is because it hasn't snowed in a long time.

It would be a blast for it to snow. My other hope for the new year is to stay up late, because I go to bed at 10 o'clock and I think I should stay up until midnight.

- Ryan Henderson, fourth grade

My hopes for the new year are a lot of things, but here are a few.

This year, I realized I wasn't such a good example as a Christian, so I want to become a better Christian. I also realized that I was mean to my brother and sister this year. I want to be nicer. I hope I can be a better friend. This year, I want to improve more by a lot.

- Kendall French, fourth grade

Happily days

Oh I think holidays are good.

Plant more trees

Eat more good foods

See more trees

Find more plants

Our school making a food drive

Raising money.

Thank God.

Help the poor.

Never let go of your parents

Enter more gardens

We get more trees to grow.

Yes, we need trees

Enjoy more plants

A's a lot.

Read more books.

- Harry Coleman, third grade

Over my life sometimes I carry more than I can hold. So my goal for 2010 is to stop worrying about everything. I found out when you worry too much you can't think straight, and sometimes you can't even talk.

That's why I want to stop. I'm tired of being stressed. Starting Jan. 1, 2010, I am going to throw some of my concerns away and begin to lighten up.

- Lindsey Boncorddo, fourth grade

My whole life I never really "gave thanks" or said "thank you" a lot.

That's why my goal for 2010 is to be more thankful and really show, not just to my parents but everybody, that I'm thankful.

- Erin Moss, fourth grade

I have to stop eating so much sugar! It has been on my mom's nerves since the beginning of this year! So my resolution for 2010 is to reduce my sugar addiction to one sweet every three days. The sweets I'll eat are 100 calorie packs, which are good enough for three days.

I'm only going to exceed 100 calories at birthday parties and at special occasions.

- Ishrat Singh, fourth grade

Over the small amount of years in my life, I have been short. My goal for 2010 is to get at least 1 inch taller. ... I have heard you grow most in your sleep, so I am going to try to get a little more rest. I wonder if I will stick to my goal for 2010? I'll just have to see!

- Ellie Herrin, fourth grade

CHAPIN ELEMENTARY

My hopes for 2010 are something I need not something I want. These are my hopes: I would like to get all A's. Another hope is to get one of my writings published in a newspaper or book. I want to make new and more friends. My last hope is to travel to someplace new. My hopes are important to me because these hopes are my goals. I want to achieve my hopes and persevere.

- Oliver McClelland, fifth grade

I want to start fresh.

To receive my hunting license

would fill me with glee.

And to make new friends.

To see all my family.

To make all A's in school.

Also to not be a bully.

To turn in all work on time.

2009 is a thing of the past.

Right now a new slate awaits.

The ups and downs of last year are gone.

As of now it is 2010!

- Michael Ford, fifth grade

I hope that in 2010 the government will make a national law for no homework! It would make everyone's life easier. There would be more time for family fun with each other. We could play more games together and go out for dinner. I also hope I will be done with my headgear. It feels like you are being struck by lightning in your mouth! I want to be able to get my bottom braces on! I hope our president will do a good job with the economy. I hope he will put all of his power into helping the economy. I hope 2010 will be the best year of my entire life!

- Elizabeth McFadden, fifth grade

COLUMBIA HIGH

This year, my goal is to be in the top 10 percentile for my class.

Since I've started high school, my grades have steadily increased. I rose from the top 30 percent to top 20. Now I want to be in the top 10 percent. I'm making a reasonable goal for this year because I don't want to sell myself short. If I continue on my path of success, I can reach my goal. I made the A honor roll during my first nine weeks and if I make it again, I'll be closer to my dreams.

- Shakayla Gates, 11th grade

H.B. RHAME ELEMENTARY

My hope for 2010 is to make the world a better place. I want to pick up the trash that I see on the ground. That would make the world cleaner. My second hope is to stop all the crime that is going on.

Every day I watch the news and somebody committed another crime. I wish this would stop and everybody could be friends.

- Lynden Mclaughlin, fourth grade

Sometimes the world can be a scary place. Sometimes I can't believe what I see on the news. I hope the people in prison can get out soon and learn from their mistakes. I hope people can stop being violent, get an education and get a job. I hope people can help each other. I hope I can get good grades so that I can be a citizen and be a mentor at a school when I'm older.

- Xaviana Ellison, fourth grade

My hopes for 2010 are that I get good grades, my family and I say healthy, stay kind and happy. I also hope I don't do bad things, listen to my parents and of course not get into trouble. I hope I make the A or AB honor roll, learn how to play the piano and play soccer.

- Faizah Sabree, fourth grade

IRMO ELEMENTARY

I hope they find a cure for cancer so that people can be happy and not that worried. Some people say they won't find the cure, but I believe they will find it very soon. I know how a lot of people feel, because my cousin has cancer and it's a little hard for my aunt.

- Chyenne Carr, fourth grade

I hope that people would start to recycle, so that we would have a better and safer Earth. If people could at least give a little money to charity that would make a bigger difference than you think!

- Sophia Butler, fourth grade

I wish that it will snow in South Carolina. I want to read 31 chapter books. I want Buddy my naughty dog to behave better.

- Dillon Buff, fourth grade

IRMO MIDDLE

I came from Israel; it is such a small country compared to the United States of America. I hope that next year I will see many things. I wish to see new places and experience them. I already discovered things that I did not know existed. I hope to be in many states and places. I want to discover more things and to be surprised all the time from them. I want to appreciate and remember all of those experiences. I hope to go back to Israel rich of experiences and places.

- Meital Bojan, eighth grade

My New Year's resolution is to reinvent myself. Doing this, I will change my school ethic, set new goals and in all perform up to my fullest potential in the second half of the school year. I am doing this because so far this has been my worst year in school yet. I had poor grades. ... I am hoping to maintain a high B average in all four of my core classes, as well as improving my behavior habits and becoming less talkative in class. Those are my hopes and resolutions.

- Jack Bell, eighth grade

I hope for all the kids around the world.

I hope for faith for anyone who ever got hurt.

I hope for faith to fill up the empty space people are missing in their everyday lives.

I hope for faith to replace lost souls so they can be found again or for once to find what they're looking for.

I hope for faith to fill others with the cheers of this Christmas.

I hope for faith for people to know that this year I hope they have all they wish and hope for.

- Talia Ryans, eighth grade

No more dead celebrities! (We've already had enough this year).

Every person living in a house.

Work for every teenager and adult.

Decent grades that can make my mom cry.

Every country working together in this bad economy.

Children to be happy and full of love in every country.

A better, nicer North Korea!

Down with war and up with peace.

Everyone to smile everywhere!

Let's all work together for this New Decade. If we all hope, we can all succeed!

- Kai Jenkins-Fisher, eighth grade

In 2010 I wish for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, because I'm tired of having my mom hurt. ... People should not have to struggle to get through the day. I'm only 12 but I want to spend the rest of my life with her, and my mom (be) healthy. I know and am fully aware that this is just a dream, and it may not come true. But it's a dream I believe in.

- Mallory Marie Dussault, seventh grade

I wish the world would, for once, be at peace. I also wish we can take better care of the world by "going green." Or maybe doing a better job of recycling. Most of all, be more compassionate! Are such things possible for America, the world? Isn't it at least worth a try?

- Noel Freeman, seventh grade

When I think of a new year, I don't think of fireworks or late-night parties. I think of a clean slate, a place for opportunity. In January it feels like anything is possible. You could lose 50 pounds or a 100. You could make straight A's. You could make varsity soccer.

In January, the whole year is ahead of you. But as time goes on, these goals are neglected, forgotten, hidden in your dresser drawer. This year, my goal is simple: Follow through with my goals - get straight A's, make regionals. But if not, just be the best that I can be.

- Hannah Knott, seventh grade

PINE GROVE ELEMENTARY

My hope for 2010 is for joy. I hope that I will be rich. I hope my mom gets her own apartment. I hope for my own room and bathroom. I wish it was summer year-round. I hope I can play baseball. I dream for a motorcycle. I wish for everyone to be happy.

- Amani Williams, second grade

My dream is to fly in the sky with the birds, go to the skating rink for my birthday and go to the South Carolina State Fair.

- Makatlyn Williams, second grade

BARON DEKALB ELEMENTARY

New jobs for parents

Encouragement from teachers

Ways to help the earth

Hopes for better lives

On the way to 2010

Powerful and friendly lives

Enough money

School to get better

- Mason Gomez, fifth grade

BETHEL-HANBERRY ELEMENTARY

My hopes for 2010

Are for the hungry

To have food

The rich

Give to the poor

My hopes for 2010

Are for every child in the world

To wear a smile

A real smile.

My hopes for 2010

Are for everyone I know

And for the people I don't know

To be the best they can possibly be.

My hopes, you ask?

Happiness

Not just for you or for me

But for everyone.

- Ashley Epperson, fourth grade

DOBY'S MILL ELEMENTARY

I want to make all A's so my dad will be proud of me. I will listen to the word. I am going to study hard. I am going to practice hard. I am going to listen to my teacher. I am going to sound out the words. I am going to listen to the word. But why? I want to make A's and B's.

- Aaron Beauchamp, second grade

My hope for next year is to go to the beach! I hope to go to the beach because I want to have fun and spend time with my family. I hope to spend time with them by swimming, fishing and playing with them.!

- Caleb Sample, second grade

In 2010 I want to be a babysitter for my baby brother. He is a pest but I still love him. Then I will take him to the park, eating and go shopping.

- Elise Catoe, second grade

HOME SCHOOL

My hope for the New Year is that all the soldiers serving in the Middle East will be able to come home for good.

- Daniel Davidson, fifth grade

JACKSON SCHOOL

Living the American dream!

In 2010 I am going to show dreamers how to accomplish a dream; instead of hoping that it will come true! I'm going to show fifth-kindergarten what an influence I can be to them. My strategies include: focusing on my work, keeping my head together, and always respecting my elders. All the things that one person can do today. Everyone can do them now! Together we can make a change in the United States!

- Vintashia Lawson, fifth grade

NORTH SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

My hope for 2010 is for my dad to come home safely. He is in the military. I miss my dad. I love to play Xbox360 with my dad. I can't wait to see him again!

- Marco Halbrook, second grade

PONTIAC ELEMENTARY

The hope is that everyone who wants a new life can make one. What I mean by a new life is, if you mess it up, you can fix it. Have you ever wanted to fix something you messed up?

My friend and I got in a fight. He tackled me. I punched him, but we made up the next four weeks. My hope is we never fight again.

Having a happier attitude is a hope of mine. Have you ever got so mad at someone you said bad stuff about them? ... Why does everyone pick on each other?

- Hunter Coleman, fourth grade

My family and I live on a farm. My first hope is to have healthier crops. My family and I would hope this because I really want good gardens and feasts. ... My second hope is to have a healthy family, I do not want anyone hurt in my family. I hope my family will be well because they're always getting hurt. Just a few weeks ago, my aunt got in a wreck and her foot was terribly injured. ... My last and final hope is that I am okay. One time I was riding somewhere and we ran out of gas! I was mad but I enjoyed it. I got to spend time with my family. But of course, we got off the side of the road! ... I hope you have enjoyed all of my hopes. How can you relate to my hopes?

- Tyler Ulness, fourth grade

ROUND TOP ELEMENTARY

My hopes for 2010 are that South Carolina will get snow, because I've been living here for five years and I've never seen an inch of snow on the ground. Just a bunch of frost that seals our car doors shut, and sleet that we slip on. We still get really cold temperatures here, but it never gets cold enough for snow.

I used to live in Pennsylvania, where snow comes, and that's why I want snow here. I know lots of other kids want snow here too, and it would be fun if we could make a snowman.

- Rosemary Johnson, fourth grade

A.C. MOORE ELEMENTARY

I hope my dad gets a new job in 2010.

I hope my mom gets more houses to clean

I hope I make good grades.

I hope my family gets enough money to pay the rent.

I hope my family will have holidays full of joy in 2010.

- Yamilet Rangel-Garcia, second grade

I hope I make good grades. I hope my parents keep making enough money to pay for things we need. I hope the bank will build up. I hope they stop cutting down trees in the rain forest. Also, I hope we live a happy life.

- Ellie Thomson, second grade

BROCKMAN ELEMENTARY

My hopes for 2010 are for me to have enough money to buy homeless people enough resources to last them a while. I have a goal to make five new friends before the year passes. I hope that things will get better for the economy because things have been crazy as the economy has gotten worse. I hope things will turn around for my brother and sister due to the economy. ... In 2010 I will become a sixth grader and I hope the best of things will come. ... I hope for faith, ambition, freedom, chances and courage in 2010.

- Desiree Moriarty, fifth grade

My hopes for 2010 are that it will be very exciting. I hope that I will learn a lot of new things in school and at home. I hope to go to new places and learn more about other cultures. I also hope that the economy will get better and people will get their homes back and their jobs. ... The best thing that I hope for is that people stay healthy and there are not as many deaths.

- Brooks Threatt, fifth grade

Columbia High

This year, my goal is to be in the top 10 percentile for my class.

Since I've started high school, my grades have steadily increased. I rose from the top 30 percent to top 20. Now I want to be in the top 10 percent. I'm making a reasonable goal for this year because I don't want to sell myself short. If I continue on my path of success, I can reach my goal. I made the A honor roll during my first nine weeks and if I make it again, I'll be closer to my dreams.

- Shakayla Gates, 11th grade

COVENANT CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

For the year 2010, I want to hear the birds sing all the time and I want people to sing, too.

- Tegan Meetze, K-5

H.B. RHAME ELEMENTARY

My hope for 2010 is to make the world a better place. I want to pick up the trash that I see on the ground. That would make the world cleaner. My second hope is to stop all the crime that is going on.

Every day I watch the news and somebody committed another crime. I wish this would stop and everybody could be friends.

- Lynden Mclaughlin, fourth grade

Sometimes the world can be a scary place. Sometimes I can't believe what I see on the news. I hope the people in prison can get out soon and learn from their mistakes. I hope people can stop being violent, get an education and get a job. I hope people can help each other. I hope I can get good grades so that I can be a citizen and be a mentor at a school when I'm older.

- Xaviana Ellison, fourth grade

My hopes for 2010 are that I get good grades, my family and I say healthy, stay kind and happy. I also hope I don't do bad things, listen to my parents and of course not get into trouble. I hope I make the A or AB honor roll, learn how to play the piano and play soccer.

- Faizah Sabree, fourth grade

PINE GROVE ELEMENTARY

My hope for 2010 is for joy. I hope that I will be rich. I hope my mom gets her own apartment. I hope for my own room and bathroom. I wish it was summer year-round. I hope I can play baseball. I dream for a motorcycle. I wish for everyone to be happy.

- Amani Williams, second grade

My dream is to fly in the sky with the birds, go to the skating rink for my birthday and go to the South Carolina State Fair.

- Makatlyn Williams, second grade

W. J. KEENAN HIGH

When I sit in my room

I think about my hopes and dreams.

When you are little, you don't think about hopes and dreams.

You think about the present instead of the future.

A dream is like a hope.

When you are dreaming, you are hoping something will happen.

My dreams are my strong desires.

My dream for next year is to pass the 10th grade, complete summer school, and get in the right grade.

Every day I have to remember, people can hope and dream

But it's up to you to turn your dreams into a reality.

- Sharnese Carter, ninth grade

OLYMPIA LEARNING CENTER

My hope and dream for the upcoming year is to be successful with everything I do; to stay focused no matter what I go through in life.

My dream for the upcoming year is to be better than the last. Thinking ahead, thinking about the future would help with this. These are not just hopes or dreams, these are also goals. Staying focused, staying ahead, planning for the future; not for now. Doing that will carry me a long way; trying to work toward a career, handling personal development well without falling because once that happens it would be hard to get back up.

- Brandon Boulware, 10th grade

RICHLAND 1 MIDDLE COLLEGE

This is my phrase: "With determination and hard work, all of your dreams can become a reality."

- Aaron Fountain, 12th grade

PINEVIEW ELEMENTARY

For my new year, I hope that my MAP reading scores improve. I wish Clemson can beat Carolina in baseball. I really hope that South Carolina gets some snow this winter. This spring I hope to earn All Stars with Pineview baseball. I want to get all A's this year, improve my batting this spring, not lose any merits for the rest of the nine weeks. I hope to see my best friend in Dallas, Texas.

- Owen Sease, grade unknown

I hope I'm able to play football next year. I hope my mom gets her job back. I hope my sister gets a job on campus. ... I hope my grandma gets better soon. I hope I get good grades on my tests.

- Kenneth Adams, grade unknown

(My hope for 2010 is) for everybody to help in our community. For people to stop doing bad things. That homeless dogs have a home/shelter. For people to get a better education.

- Ollie Walker, fourth grade

SANDHILLS ELEMENTARY

In 2010, I hope for world peace because my uncle is in the military service. If we have world peace, then no one will have to be an enemy to each other. Then, my uncle could come home for Christmas.

- Belle Knight, fourth grade

SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARY

The Friend

I wish that I had a perfect family, perfect friends, and a perfect life. The one thing I want the most is a friend for 2010. A friend who would respect me, and stand up for me if someone starts to bug me or try to talk about me. A friend who truly cares about my feelings. A friend who I can look up to. A friend is all I want.

- Alley Altman, fourth grade

I have a bunch of hopes for 2010. The one I really want to come true is reading 100 books. At my house if you read the most pages in a week you get a surprise. The order mostly goes like this: Brantley (my sister), Claudia (me), LeAnn (my mom) and David (my dad). My sister reads 200 pages, I read 150 pages, my mom reads 100 pages and my dad reads 80 pages. This is my main hope for 2010.

- Claudia Miller, fourth grade

Editor's note: Some selections were edited for space. Also, in some cases where words were omitted or minor spelling errors made, we corrected them.

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