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This San Bernardino 4th-grader is focused on learning



Andrew Johnson, IV, is a fourth-grader at Salinas Elementary School in San Bernardino.
During this different and sometime difficult period of time in the life of a young student, Andrew has been very active learning as much as he can from his teacher.
Andrew’s favorite subjects are P.E. and art, however, he understands the importance of English, math, science and social studies. He enjoys P. E. because he gets to play sports during class time, including baseball, his favorite sport and one he has participated in for a few years.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Andrew played third base during his Little League season and now, after being successful in his competition for travel baseball, he continues to enjoy the game. He is learning how to pitch as well as playing shortstop.
Andrew enjoyed his on-campus art class and looks forward to continuing with his talent. His first assignment this school year was to draw a mask and a person. He is looking forward to future projects.
Andrew misses seeing and playing with his friends on a regular basis even though he likes distance learning.
A routine day for him is getting up, getting dressed, having breakfast, and logging onto the computer. School begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. That time, of course, does not include additional work done independently.
Even though he understands the reason he and others are not in school, his greatest dislike is not getting the education he feels would be available in a classroom. Andrew is looking forward to returning to school but is aware that the classes must be done differently.
I took the liberty of asking Andrew, “How would you like to structure your day?”  His response: “Get up, get dressed, have breakfast, have social personal time for two hours, then begin school at 11:45 and end the school day at 4 p.m. During those hours, he would have P. E., Art, and math.”
I’m sure Andrew will take the opportunity to read one of his favorite series, Harry Potter.
Andrew understands the importance of safety and wants students to know that wearing a mask can help to keep others from getting the virus, and remembers to stay six feet apart.
When not doing school work, Andrew rides his bike and sometimes plays baseball with his dad. He will also help his sister learn the alphabet.
“Listen to your parents and ask a lot of questions of the teacher,” Andrew said, offering guidance to other students so they can be successful.
Andrew’s career goal is to explore the field of gaming. He feels he is above average but not excellent at this stage of life. I’m sure you will be a successful individual since you already know the importance of listening to your parents and your teacher.
Margaret Hill is a member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District board.
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