POINT PLEASANT — This month, the theme at Ashton Elementary is kindness.
Kindness being something worth sharing, Ashton Student Council members made the trip to Point Pleasant on Valentine’s Day to spend their morning with residents of the Twin Towers.
The Twin Towers, which is home to residents who are retired, welcomed the students who put on skits, a dance and played games with their new friends, namely bingo with prizes.
Ashton School Counselor Elena Goldblum had the idea for the visit to be a community service project – community service being a big part of the newly formed student council at Ashton. Goldblum said the council consists of students in third-sixth grades with the organization being 18 members strong.
Besides connecting with community members, student council members collected over 1,000 toys for Crosslight of Hope at Christmas as well as organized a food drive. Goldblum said she and the students attempt to do something special each month and this month is about spreading kindness.
The goal for Tuesday’s visit wasn’t about checking off the latest assignment but about getting the kids to interact with the residents. Braxton Call, a sixth grader at Ashton, is the president of student council. Call said he and his fellow council members worked for two weeks on the dance and skit that was performed for those residents on Tuesday. That performance included the students talking about what kindness means to them, which is, according to Call, “helping people out” as well as “saying please and thank you.” There were also free hugs, high fives and jokes told.
“I was in student council last year and I love it more this year,” Call said.
Call explained the entire school at Ashton was participating in the acts of kindness theme with announcements made in the mornings pronouncing a random act of kindness someone had done in the school. Call said he got to announce some of these acts of kindness over the public address system and his favorite was someone in the school who wrote: “I helped my friend when they were sad.”
As for Call, when it came to his acts of kindness, he said, “I’ve done a lot of little stuff.”
Little things add up, like Tuesday’s visit to Point Pleasant and the Twin Towers where Call said his favorite part of the day was “making people smile…we made about everyone smile.”
Goldblum said up next for the student council was setting up a book box for the school.