Lindell Students Are on Board with Kindness

Annual ‘Walk It Forward’ Event Raises Funds, Boosts School Pride

The Lindell Elementary School family joined together to “walk it forward,” from their school doors to the New York Avenue end of the Long Beach boardwalk, on Oct. 19. The entire student body and staff continued what has become an annual tradition of spreading kindness and school spirit. This year’s event raised $2,080 to help local families. 

Adorned in blue, classes marched their way onto the boardwalk holding signs and posters filled with positive messages. Max Cornell, Grady DeBruin, Gerrin Hagen, Dedrick Kirkem, Josh Pinto, Collin Radin and Hayden Sofield led the way, holding a Lindell banner. Other students and staff members followed, walking to the beat of drums played by Jeffrey Conway, Tanner Hunt and Sebastian Muzikar.

The group stopped and enthusiastically recited several tunes and verses before heading back to their classrooms and resuming the school day. Music teacher Barbara Russo and fifth-graders known as Lindell’s “Golden Rulers,” who emphasize the qualities of respect, kindness, acceptance and compassion, led the cheers. The students brought smiles to many boardwalk patrons who stopped to show support and applaud the schoolwide effort.

Walk It Forward was organized as a fundraiser to support Lindell’s Needs and Deeds charity organization, which helps families in need by providing them with gift cards, covering summer camp expenses and providing other contributions.