"Never give up because life gets harder as you get older. After preschool the road of life keeps getting bumpier and bumpier and bumpier." -- Angela Martin, age 11

"Never blow in a cat's ear because if you do, usually after three or four times, they will bite your lips! And they don't let go for at least a minute." -- Lisa Coburn, age 9

"Don't think life is easy, because when you get older it is hard work. I used to think life was easy, now I have to do the dishes every other day." -- Nick Coleman, age 9

"Take risks. I mean, if you like this person and you don't know if they like you, ask them out and see what happens. I liked this girl and I asked her out. She said no and she hates me now, but I took that risk." -- Bruce Wagner, age 13

"A realist is more correct about things in life than an optimist. But the optimist seems to have more friends and much more fun." -- Megan, age 14