We went around our community playgrounds, parks, youth centres, and sidewalks (or boardwalks, rather, in Dawson) interviewing kids about heading back to school.

We asked them what they were looking forward to in returning to school, how much homework they though they were going to get, whether they did their homework on a computer or with a pen and paper, what was their favourite subject, what was their favourite school supply, what they were not looking forward to, and who was the happiest about their return to school—themselves, their parents, or their teachers.

We got some pretty unique answers.

Rowen, age 10

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

The teachers are looking forward to back to school MOST ’cause they are always happy to see the kids.

How much homework do you think you’ll get?

Almost none last year. Hoping for the same this year!

Aidan, age 10

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

I’ll be the happiest for mom and me, I’ll get to see all my friends and learn new things. Teachers won’t be as happy, some students talk a lot.

What is the one thing you are not looking forward to?

Having my boots fill with snow every day in the winter.

How much homework do you think you’ll get?

About two assignments per week.

What is your favourite subject?

Science and art.

Amaya, age 8

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

My teacher will be happiest to meet new students. They get to see new people.

How much homework do you think you’ll get?

No clue.

What is your favourite subject?

ART. I hate math.

Tannen, age 8

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

Me! So I can learn new things.

How much homework do you think you’ll get?

About 20 questions a day.

What is the one thing you are not looking forward to?

I don’t want homework!

Kiera, age 6

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

ME, so I don’t have to hang out with my little sister—she bugs me. Teachers will be happy ’cause they get to see kids again.

What is the one thing you are not looking forward to?

Missing mommy and daddy hugs.

What is your favourite subject?

I love writing and art.

Haley, age 9

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

Me cause I really like going to school

How much homework do you think you’ll get?

I don’t think I’ll get much

What is the one thing you are not looking forward to?

I like it all!

Nastasia, age 9, (step-sister to Haley)

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

Me, because I do really good at school. In the summer I want to go back.

How much homework do you think you’ll get?

Not much homework at all.

What is the one thing you are not looking forward to?

Hmmm… nothing I like it all!

Jimmy, age 14, (who was too shy to get his picture taken)

What do you like about school?

I want to go back to school so I can meet new friends.

What do you use to do your homework, a computer or pen and paper?

Pen and paper.

What is your favourite subject?

Math.

What is your favourite school supply?

My backpack!

What are you not looking forward to?

French.

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

I think my parents are relieved.

Lisa, age 14

What do you like about school?

I want to return to see my classmates.

What do you use to do your homework, a computer or pen and paper?

Pen and paper.

What is your favourite subject?

L.A. (language/arts).

What is your favourite school supply?

New pens.

What are you not looking forward to?

My teachers.

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

Me! I’m in Grade 9 now.

Amber, age 18

What do you like about school?

I am entering my first year of university and will be studying northern justice and criminology. I am looking forward to going to a new school and meeting people from all over the world.

What do you use to do your homework, a computer or pen and paper?

I do all my homework on the computer.

What is your favourite subject?

Psychology.

What is your favourite school supply?

I love my pencil crayons.

What are you not looking forward to?

I still hate homework.

Who is most excited about back to school, the kids, the teachers or the parents?

I believe.

John, age 13, Erin, age 11 and Zack, age 13 (are accepting auditions to their band, Ostrich Dispute)

Erin and Zack love shop class the best, but John just loves lunch!

All of them like math the best, so their favourite school supply is a calculator.

Zack isn’t too fond of English.

Erin thought that his teachers were the happiest to see his return to school.

If his homework consists of a long story, John uses his computer. For small assignments he uses pen and paper.