Dean K. '26
Published August, 2016
With the start of the school year just a few days away, you might expect students to be filled with a certain level of dread. Sleeping in and lying around the house are quickly drawing to a close. And so when we met up with rising third grader, Dean, we expected to hear just that kind of thing. Dean, who’s been with Woodlawn since his Kindergarten year, without hesitation blurts out, “Really, I can’t wait to get back to school!” We asked why.
“Because of everything!” says Dean who’s also quick to point out getting up early has never been a problem for him (he assured us the latest he’s ever slept in is 8:15, but then quickly retracts that answer and admits it’s probably more like 8:05). “I’m most excited about seeing my friends,” he says with a big smile on his face.
We told him we thought he might say that because anyone who knows Dean knows that he enjoys socializing with his classmates. He quickly corrects us with a “Well, actually…” statement and then launches into the truth: “I was actually going to say recess was the thing I was most looking forward to, but I didn’t think that would be an appropriate answer.”
Regardless, he makes it clear that his Woodlawn friends bring him much joy and laughter. “I have a lot of really funny friends who make me laugh for a really long time like Mackenzie who can make a monkey face by pulling her ears back and popping her eyes. My friends love it when she does that.”
Moving to third grade brings all sorts of new changes —from being taller to getting ready for his first overnight trip — and Dean is ready to embrace them all. “I’m actually much taller now than I was last year,” he proudly states. “Soon enough my mom just may be the shortest person in our family.” Standing 4’8” (or is it 4’6”? – he can’t recall the last measurement), Dean says he’s getting taller than some of his older brother’s 13 year-old friends. He’s also very excited about his first Woodlawn overnight trip to Jamestown. “I’ve never been on an overnight trip with just my classmates,” he says. “I have heard a lot of stories about the overnight trips and since I’ve had overnights with my grandpa, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
When asked to list a few things he’s most hopeful for during third grade at Woodlawn, he says he’d like more clay time in art (“I really love to make pinch pots”) and more acting in plays (he was a cast member in last year’s Princess and the Pea and The Emperor’s New Clothes). He pauses for a moment, deep in thought, and tells us there is just one more thing he is hopeful for: “I really hope, like second grade, the first two days we have no homework and then Friday rolls around and the teacher surely won’t give us homework over the weekend, so we actually go the entire first week without any homework!”
Dean is currently a fourth grader at Woodlawn.