Longwood Elementary Does the Work for Santa

If you're a parent, you may be wondering what to get your child this holiday season. Ten-year-old students at HISD's Longfellow Elementary held their own news conference to announce this year's most-wanted gifts. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
Fifth-grader Lily Gastineau has a word of caution for all parents out there:

“Black Friday is coming up, so you better move fast.”

As the holidays quickly approach, families everywhere scramble to find out what their kids want this season.

Every year, the fifth-graders at HISD’s Longfellow Elementary try to help them out.

“This is our first time. The other fifth-graders did it last year.”

The kids hit the playground, hallways and lunchroom to tally the results and release the top ten “hot toys” to the media. Noticeably absent on this year’s list were “girly” toys, such as dolls. Gift cards and spy gear rose in popularity, with the number one item this year being Silly Bandz.

Lily wanted to make sure parents knew where to find these prized items.

“In case anybody doesn’t know where they are they’re alsol with the chocolate bars and stuff.”

Students took into account recent toy recalls, price, the economy and household spending budgets. No toy was above $50, and expensive electronic games were excluded. But that won’t stop many kids from asking for them.


The list of toys:

10. Hot Wheels items
9. (TIE) Lego sets and Loopz music memory game
8. Arts and crafts sets (like jewelry making kits and models)
7. Paper Jamz Guitar
6. Nerf-n-strike dart launcher
5. Watches and jewelry
4. Spy Gear items
3. Gift cards
2. Tech Decks mini-skateboard sets
1. Silly Bandz



This story was voiced by Wendy Siegle, reported and written by Evin Erdowdu, one of our fall interns.