Cleveland kids set big goals for new year


The Crocodiles are eager to take a bite out of 2022. Cleveland Elementary 1st graders hit the ground running by setting goals for the year ahead.

Students returned from the break with fun lessons about the New Year, reading books like “The Night Before New Year’s” by Natasha Wing, “Squirrel’s New Year Resolution” by Pat Miller, and “Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas” by Gail Piernas-Davenport. They discussed that a resolution is a goal, then brainstormed their very own goals like improving their health or academic work. They also thought up things they could learn to do in 2022 like hip hop dance, riding a scooter, or playing a guitar.

Students chose a goal from each category and wrote about them, then created a picture of themselves with a party hat and a blower to use with their writing for a display for the whole school to enjoy. To cap it off, they made New Year’s hats and discussed what they did on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

“These activities allowed the kids to learn more about how New Year’s Eve and Day is celebrated among different cultures and why setting goals can be a positive way to inspire us to improve in all areas of our lives and that you are never too young to set goals,” said 1st grade teacher Linda Groce. “It was a meaningful and fun way for us to ease into January!”

— Article provided by the Fayette County School System.