This past school year, we sat down with a few of Rome City Schools’ rising stars, the kindergarten class that will graduate in 2030. Tiny students have big dreams and, if these students stay the course, the world will be a better place because of their contributions. If folks have never stopped to speak to these little tikes in the hallways of their elementary school, they are missing out. Lucky for us, these bright and ambitious youngsters opened their world and invited us all to take a peek inside.

“I am going to be a teacher when I grow up. I want to be a teacher because I can help the kids learn. My mother is my hero because when bad guys come to my house she can save me. My favorite subject at school is reading because it helps me learn to write my letters.”—Makinley Barton

“I want to be an artist when I grow up because I like to paint stuff and do stuff like draw pictures. There is this girl and she is Wonder Woman. She has a lasso and she can grab bad people. She is my hero. My favorite thing to do here at school is homework and math. I like to do that because it is fun to do that.”—Victoria Gonzalez

“I want to be a firefighter when I grow up because they help people get out of their house when it is on fire. Batman is my hero because he helps people. He fights the bad guys. My favorite thing to do here at school is write sentences. Writing sentences teaches me good stuff.”—Chason Jennings

“I want to be a police officer when I grow up because they are really good. My hero is my mommy because she takes care of us and she does fun stuff with us. My favorite subject at school is to play with Ms. Couch because she teaches us to count and it is fun.”— Jaida Powell

“I want to be a kindergarten teacher when I grow up because I like to teach. I like to teach math. My mommy and daddy are my heroes. They come and help me whenever I want and whenever I need them. They also cook dinner for me. My favorite subject is P.E. because I like to play in the meadow and exercise.”—Celeste Adair

“I want to be a vet when I grow up because I want to help dogs. My mommy is my hero because if I can’t reach something she helps me to reach it and she picks out my clothes. My mommy also helps animals find homes. My favorite thing to do at school is when Ms. Clonts reads a book, like ‘Wacky Wednesday’.”—Autumn Cagle