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Ossining Children Have Big Hopes For 2012

OSSINING, N.Y. – As 2011 comes to an end, children at Ossining Children's Center had big hopes for the coming year, from wishing that poor people would find jobs to wishing mom and dad would get married.

"I wish for people who are poor to get more money by working," said Luana Araya, 9, who is in fourth grade at Claremont elementary school. "Also I would like if all our parents and families had a big feast in our school and everybody, like everybody, could be involved."

Luana's classmate Matthew Arias wished for his mother to get a car, his sister to get a new car seat, and for himself to become very good at soccer.

"We have these soccer games in Claremont and I never get the ball," he said. "I want to be like the best."

Steven Arpi, 9, wished for Haiti to stop getting earthquakes, for his grandpa to get cured from cancer, for himself to get a dirt bike, and for his mother to get more money.

"Our family is poor. We don't have a car and sometimes we have to walk places," Steven said.

Ten-year-old Jaden Parker who is in fifth grade at Roosevelt School said he wants bullying to stop and he wishes his mom and dad could get married. He also wishes that fast food restaurants including McDonalds and Wendy's could merge into one building and share recipes.

Jaden's classmate Tyler Davis, 10, wished he could get a golden retriever, and he also wished for less poverty, fewer wars, more charities, less obesity and for people to be more eco-friendly.

"A dog is good for people who gain weight because they can run around and chase them," Tyler said.

Brookside School second grader Mateo Trelles, 7, wished for any country that doesn't have enough money to get more money, and he also wished for his mother to grow taller.

Classmate Makayla Ahjer, 6, wished for everyone in the world to have food, toys, clothes and books, and she also wished she could spend more time with her father.

"When I was four, I used to go to the mall with my dad and a friend and look at Christmas things and then get ice cream. It's my favorite thing to do with my dad," Makayla said. "I wish I could go to the mall more with my dad because I don't get to see him that often."

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