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Open Letters to the Class of 2025

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Friends of education from across the country are writing letters to the Class of 2025, this year's kindergartners, to share their dreams, wishes, and visions for these five- and six-year-olds, including what experiences and opportunities public schools should provide them for the next 13 years—the bedrock of their future.

Read the letters below and please leave your message for the Class of 2025 in the comments section.

Dennis Van Roekel's Open Letter to the Class of 2025

I can imagine your faces as you started kindergarten. The eagerness to begin school, the joy of walking through schoolhouse doors for the very first time. There is one member of your class who holds a very special place in my heart. His name is Mason Van Roekel – my youngest grandson.

Judy Biggert, Congresswoman

Congratulations! You've successfully completed your first day of kindergarten, and by bravely walking through your classroom doors today, you've embarked on the most important journey of your lives, one that leads to a world-class education... Read more.

Shawn Bean, Executive Editor of Parenting

You’re welcome. That’s right. You heard me. You’re welcome. Because while you were getting dizzy on the tire swing and eating Go-Gurt, the grown-ups have been working to make school great for you, and doing so under the most extraordinary conditions... Read more.

Lorraine C. Ladish, Editor-in-Chief of Mamiverse

As a mom, I remember how I felt not that long ago, when I took each of my daughters to their first day of Kindergarten. I will tell you what I told them during that first year of school, and what I remind them daily... Read more.

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