What up-Island kids want for the holidays: Robots, snow days, and world peace

A project by the West Tisbury Young Authors.

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Back row, from left: sixth graders Harding Eville, Emmett Favreau and Katie Goldsmith, and third graders Grady McCracken, Josie Powers, Sol Donnelly, Caleb Dubin, Jonah Saunier, Laslo D'antonio, Lily Haynes, Felicity Lepine, teacher Jille Lane, Arianna Edelman, Jasper Ralph, Delilah Oliver, Max Marcus, Kamari Clements, and teacher Lauren Serpa. Front row, from left: third graders Townsend Clarke, Cameran Ray, Lucas D'antonio, Waylon Sauer, Broden Vincent, Isabella Levy, Westley Wlodyka — Photo by Sam Moore

Interviews by Katie Goldsmith, Chilmark, age 12, grade 6:

Lily Haynes, West Tisbury, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

I gave Dad Oscar the Grouch underpants!

What’s the gift you want most this year?

An Easy-Bake Oven.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, and it didn’t matter how

much it cost, what would it be?

World peace.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that is really unique and that you love?

Around Christmas, we go outside and run barefoot in the snow.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

A huge pool to go swimming in, only for Island people.

Max Marcus, Chilmark, age 8, grade 3What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

Gave Mom a big plant.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A GoPro.

If you could give one gift to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

A better skate ramp.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you love?

Hanukkah gelt!

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Snowboarding.

Broden Vincent, West Tisbury, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

Me, my dad, and my brother Angus got my Aunt Drewsie a ring.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

Nothing in particular.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

Green space.

Does your family have a holiday tradition or a favorite food?

The Christmas Pickle Lobster.

Kamari Clements, West Tisbury, age 9, grade 3What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

Shoes from Waylon.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

Love and drawings.

Does your family have a favorite holiday food?

Christmas pot roast.

Felicity Lepine, West Tisbury, age 8, grade 3What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

A hamster, because I really like animals.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

A glitter lamp to Ariana.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A pet.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

An outside water park.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Skiing with family.

Interviews by Harding Eville, West Tisbury, age 11, grade 6:

Grady McCracken, West Tisbury, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

A robot.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

A helicopter.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

More ice cream stores!

Laslo D’Antonio, West Tisbury, age 9, grade 3

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

$30.

If you could give one gift to Martha’s Vineyard, and it didn’t matter how

much it cost, what would it be?

A bulldozer.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

A snowball fight.

Westley Wlodyka, Chilmark; age 8, grade 3

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A trampoline.

If you could give one gift to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

A new playground for M.V.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that is really unique and that you love?

At Christmas every year we go to Jay Peak.

Delilah Oliver, Chilmark, age 9, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

A microphone set. I like it because I can sing to my brothers.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A stuffed animal dog.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you love?

Four weeks before Christmas they light a candle weekly.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Skiing and drinking hot cocoa.

Cameran Ray, West Tisbury, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

A pogo stick, because I like to use it on weekends.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

Bumper cars on their birthday.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

An air swimmer.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

Peace and friendship.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Playing in the snow, having snowball fights, building snow forts.

Interviews by Kristin Perzanowski, West Tisbury, age 11, grade 6:Waylon Sauer, West Tisbury, age 9, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

A build your own rocket ship kit.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

Arrows for my bow.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

A giant robot named Joe.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you love?

My family picks cranberries on Cranberry Day, on the second Tuesday of October.

Josie Powers, West Tisbury, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

A Belle costume. I like it so much because it was the last present I opened, and it’s always

been with me.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

A necklace that I got as a present and I let my friend wear it to school. My friend was so

excited that she hugged me for it.

If you could give one gift to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

It would be a giant Christmas tree with lots of decorations and a bright, glowing star.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you love?

I go to my grandmothers for Thanksgiving, and my grandmother makes the best turkey.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

A snow day with a lot of snow, so there is no school.

Jasper Ralph, Tisbury, age 9, grade 3

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

A handwritten letter that said how much I love my mom!

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

World peace.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you love?

I celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Staying home and reading.

Interviews by Emmett Favreau, West Tisbury, age 11, grade 6:Townsend Clarke, Oak Bluffs, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

Lacrosse.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

Air hockey for Max.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

Lacrosse.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

A million bucks.

Sol Donnelly, West Tisbury, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

Snap Circuits, because I get to build circuits.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

A boomerang to Grady.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

LEGOs.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you love?

We go to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving.

Lucas D’Antonio, West Tisbury, age 9, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got, and why did you like it so much?

A 3DS, because I can play a lot of video games on it.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A toy robot.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

Robots.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Christmas break.

Jonah Saunier, West Tisbury, age 9, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

Skates, because I had just started hockey and didn’t have any.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

A bike.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A hanglider.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

More ice rinks.

Does your family have a favorite holiday food?

My uncle’s pumpkin pie.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Thanksgiving weekend.

Isabella Levy, Tisbury, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got, and why did you like it so much?

My karaoke machine, because I love singing.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

My old backpack.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A new bike.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

A beauty salon!

Caleb Dubin, West Tisbury, age 9, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

My bike.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

A new soccer goal.

If you could give one gift to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

A gigantic pool.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

Christmas break.

Arianna Edelman, West Tisbury, age 8, grade 3

What’s the best holiday gift you ever got?

A camera, because my grandparents gave it to me, and I wanted it for a year.

What’s the best gift you ever gave someone?

My whole family gave my mom apple trees.

What’s the gift you want most this year?

More leotards for gymnastics.

If you could give one gift to the world or to Martha’s Vineyard, what would it be?

A fundraiser for people who are sick.

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you love?

We say a prayer before Hanukkah.

What is your idea of the perfect off-season day on Martha’s Vineyard?

A snow day.