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Safety in the skies is his dream

Your Dream is Our Dream: Ryu Fleming

Caledonia — Sitting with his fourth grade class in the Dutton Elementary media center, Ryu Fleming used various colored pencils to draw an airplane flying in the sky. 

Ryu Fleming drew himself as a pilot flying a plane

In the front of the plane, he drew a small stick figure person wearing what appeared to be an airline captain’s cap. 

Ryu shared with School News Network his hopes for the career path he’d like to pursue in the future. 

What is your dream? “I want to be a pilot when I grow up.”

Why is this your dream? “I want to take people from place to place and make sure they get there safely. When I was younger I flew on a plane and liked falling asleep because we were safe on the plane.” 

What is your favorite thing about school and why? “I like learning and reading because it’s fun. When we come to the library, I find really good books that I like to read.” 

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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