Claire Spikes holds out her heart bracelet.

Claire Spikes, kindergartner in Mrs. Downs’ class at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, holds out her heart bracelet. Ahead of Valentine’s Day on Friday, The Mercury asked several young students at the school, “What is love?”

Friday is Valentine’s Day, and ahead of the romantic holiday, The Mercury sought answers to one of life’s most pressing questions:

What is love?

It’s a question that stumps even some adults, so The Mercury headed to Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School to get some input from the experts in the kindergarten and first grade classes.

Here’s what they said.

Leo Trenary

Leo Trenary, Mrs. Downs' kindergarten class

“I can’t really describe it. It’s when people like each other. When someone is hurt, you give them a hug.”

Ellie Huninganke

Ellie Huninganke, Mrs. Downs’ kindergarten class

“People caring about each other. People sharing and smiling at each other.”

Kinsley Garrett

Kinsley Garrett, Mrs. Downs’ kindergarten class

How do you show love?

“When someone asks to play with you, and you say, ‘Yes, you can play with me.’”

Angela Raback-Schink

Angela Raback-Schink, Ms. Nitcher’s first grade class

“Love comes from the heart, and it’s a thing that God created before people were a thing. Animals have love and animals have love too. Love was invented way before the invention of humans. Dinosaurs had feelings, too.”

Retley Huninganke

Retley Huninghake, Ms. Nitcher’s first grade class

How do your parents show you love?

“Kisses and hugs.”

Olinga Grover

Olinga Grover, Ms. Nitcher’s first grade class

“It’s something that comes from inside from your heart, and God gives you love. He made you out of love.”

Hudson Bell

Hudson Bell, Mrs. Eckelberry’s first grade class

“Thinking about others, but not really you. When someone is sad, you tell them that you care about them, like what they want to do, you can have a quiet thing with them.”

Kingston London

Kingston London, Mrs. Eckelberry’s first grade class

“Maybe like hugging or something.”

Sethenieroth Sola

Sethenieroth Sola, Mrs. Eckelberry’s first grade class

How do you show love?

“You have to care about others and make them cards, and send them to their mailbox and see how much they care about them.”

Jeremiah Bartley

Jeremiah Bartley, Ms. Morrison’s kindergarten class

“I never think about it.”

How do you show love?

“I play toys with my mommy.”

Claire Spikes

Claire Spikes, Ms. Morrison’s kindergarten class

“Kisses.”

How do you show love?

“I always try to love my mom and it’s always fun to have fun and love some people.”

Alaina Scheible

Alaina Scheible, Ms. Morrison’s kindergarten class

“Hugs.”

How do you show love?

“By playing games. I have a couple of my own.”

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