Poetry that two classes at Columbus Elementary School read to the school during assemblies Thursday focused on the meaning of compassion. But it was the way the students of different ages and abilities collaborated to put on the show that provided the real example of compassion, some said.
Sixth-graders in Gail Dunham’s class and first-, second- and third-graders in Sheila Monger’s class for students with special needs presented a program featuring student-written poems about compassion, which is the word of the month for the Glendale Character and Ethics Project. The Character and Ethics Project is a citywide initiative to foster ethical values among all residents. Students also recited poems about reading comprehension, which is the school’s area of concentration within the districtwide Focus on Results initiative.
“I want you to see the compassion that took place today,” Columbus Principal Beatriz Bautista said. “We have sixth-graders who are helping primary students be up here. That is true compassion.”