MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Clinton Elementary School observed the National School Walkout on Wednesday by coming together as a school and working together to promote inclusion, kindness, and community. The students created posters with caring and supportive messages and then marched together in a Peace Parade throughout the school.
Six Columbia High School (CHS) students who are part of the Kindness Crew joined the Clinton students for their Peace Parade.
Molly Sandler, Zoe Newman and Lily Forman, all first year students at CHS, co-founded the Kindness Crew to help spread messages of inclusion and kindness at the elementary schools, shared Molly. This is the crew's second visit to Clinton, and they plan to visit other schools this spring as well, said Molly.
Zoe shared by email that she is motivated to help show kids how they can be kinder to each another. Zoe wrote, "With all of the violence and hate in our world today, it's important that the children who are the future leaders grow up with kindness, love, and respect for everyone. The problems we are facing today will only replicate itself in the future if we don't teach them that violence is not OK now."
Editor's note: Molly Sandler is the daughter of TAPinto SOMA editor Anna Sandler.