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Spreading kindness
Spreading kindness
Posted on 05/08/2019
Young students are making a positive impact in the community

Young students can be described as smart, talented, artistic, or athletic. Students in the Puyallup School District can also be described as generous, caring, thoughtful, and kind.  
Students outside of Ashley House
Students at Mountain View Elementary are a prime example. The students are a generation of young people who are choosing to make a positive difference in the lives of others and their community.

“Mountain View is a community that gives. Mountain View Elementary students have always taken pride in supporting local facilities in their hometown of Edgewood. It is also a community of parents, students, and staff that believe in giving back locally.”

                       Paraeducator Nancy Kreuger

Across the street from Mountain View Elementary, a new neighbor has arrived, Ashley House. Ashley House is a non-profit agency whose purpose is to serve children and young adults with special healthcare needs and their families. Ashley House is dedicated to helping families build new lives together with their medically fragile children. They provide high quality, cost-effective healthcare in home-like settings to children as an alternative to hospitalization.
Students outside with a resident of Ashley House
In February, several Mountain View students sat down with a representative from Ashley House to learn more about their new neighbor. During their visit, the students learned about the care Ashley House provides and learned the kids living there like the same things they do: movies, books, games, music, and toys. By March, the students had organized a “supply drive” for the residents of Ashley House.

“In my four years at Mountain View Elementary, I am continually amazed at the generosity of our kids and families. Each food drive and March Gladness project produces great results.”

Principal of Mt. View Elementary Brian Curtis

The students worked hard at promoting the drive and getting families involved. Students, families, and staff brought in a variety of items for their new neighbors. Once all the items were gathered and boxed, the students loaded up a truck, and along with Principal Brian Curtis and Paraeducator Nancy Kreuger, delivered the items to Ashley House in person.

“The trip to Ashley House was an amazing experience. They treat each other like family. I hope there will be Ashley Houses all over the world for the kids and young adults like the ones at the Ashley House in Edgewood.”Boys at the community center serving food

Shaun Sanoy, fourth grader at Mountain View Elementary

The students and families of the Edgewood community extend their kindness throughout the year. Every Thursday volunteers provide a free meal to families, individuals, and seniors at the Mountain View Community Center. This is a volunteer driven and funded program that serves 100-125 individuals weekly.

Girls at the communit centerRecently, students from Mountain View Elementary joined Mr. Curtis at the center to help serve meals. After the meals were served, the students paired up and sat at different tables to visit with the community members.

Spreading their kindness, the young students at Mountain View Elementary are making a positive impact in the community and the Puyallup School District.  

To learn how you can make a difference at Ashley House or Mountain View Community Center, visit their websites.

Photos courtesy of Nancy Kreuger

Anne Martin