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Neighbors, classmates and friends, four years and counting

Kidsday reporters and neighbors Joan Yantsos and Jacob

Kidsday reporters and neighbors Joan Yantsos and Jacob Abrams on their way to Wading River Elementary School. Credit: Yantos family

We have been neighbors for four years. Having a neighbor is handy because if you need something, you can always count on them.

Joan writes: Hi, my name is Joan and this is my side of the story. The first day of first grade came and I wasn’t officially moved in yet. My dad drove me to my bus stop. When I got there I saw a boy about my age. He was my new neighbor. I said hello. He didn’t respond. His dad was there. He talked to my dad and said they were our neighbors. I thought that was pretty cool. I started talking more to get him to speak. He said nothing. About a year later nothing changed. Two more years went by and I got a dog and a guinea pig. Then this year Jacob got two cats. Having pets is a lot of fun and hard work.

Jacob writes: When I saw Joan for the first time it was the summer of first grade. I thought she was in third grade because she was tall for a first-grader. When I met her for the first time she started talking to me while our dads talked. I could see she wanted to be my friend. Joan was very social. Then her mom came out and asked if she could take a first-day-of-school photo. I didn’t want to get my picture taken but I also didn’t want to be rude. Even though I let her take the photo, I still didn’t smile. In fourth grade Joan got a dog and named him Bailey. When I first met Bailey he was play-biting and barking. I was still scared of dogs barking at me so I tried to stay away. In fifth grade I and Joan are in the same class. So far it’s an exciting year. 

In conclusion: We are the same age so we can do a lot of fifth-grade stuff. We have fun and like being neighbors.

Melissa Levonick’s fifth-grade class, Wading River Elementary School

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