For Kids, By Kids: How would you make Asheville better?

When asked, “How would you make Asheville better?” Vance Elementary youngsters had a few things to say. These youngsters take part in the after-school Design Lab, a Roots + Wings program.

I would like to make Asheville a better place.  What I want to do is to not pollute!  Ensted of throwing stuff away, we could reuse or recycle!  But not just West Asheville, but All of Asheville!  We should also compost!  Composting helps the earth because it takes food and turns it into dirt! — by Marlise Pedisch, second grade

I want better grocery stores, because every night my mom makes the same food. We need new grocery stores near our neighborhood.  The new stores would have mango sushi.  The new stores would make jobs for people like my grandma.  She should open a restaurant, and I thought I should be a waitress.  It would have new foods that Asheville doesn’t have now. — by Nora Leggat, kindergarten

I think Asheville should have Jumping Jello. Jumping Jello is a Jello that jumps when you touch it.  It jumps so fast, you might not even see it. If you eat it, it will make you jump so high, your arm would hit the ceiling. Asheville should open some new Jumping Jello restaurants, and Jumping Jello would be $60. — by Magnus Mulholland, kindergarten

Asheville would be more awesome if there were pyramids with mummies in them, and the mummies are alive, and they walk and they try and eat people.  “Be my dinner.  Be my dinner.”  There would be 100 mummies.  Everyone in the country would have a magic piece of glass, and when you shine it in the mummies’ eyes, it would kill the mummy. — by Vivi Díaz, grade 2

I would change that there would be no work so that my dad would be home all day, and there would be no school so that I could stay at home and play with him and with my mom. The kids can choose to go to school whenever they want and they would be happier. The grownups would go to the bank to get money and they would not have to pay anything. — by Sebastian Wilson, kindergarten

I like the big buildings because they’re big, big, big.  They have a lot of floors.  I like the Flatiron Building because it’s flat and it has 22 floors.  I’ve been next to it, and I felt good. — by Asa Rogers, kindergarten

I would change that there would be no work so that my dad would be home all day, and there would be no school so that I could stay at home and play with him and with my mom.  The kids can choose to go to school whenever they want and they would be happier.  The grownups would go to the bank to get money and they would not have to pay anything. — by Sebastian Wilson, kindergarten

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Managing Editor Margaret Williams has been at Xpress since 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987.

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