Students spread word on how to have good character in downtown Goshen

Ninety-six students from northern Indiana were in downtown Goshen Wednesday, June 12, talking to people about courage, cooperation and other positive character traits.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 12, 2013 at 4:25 p.m.

GOSHEN — Ninety-six students from across northern Indiana were in downtown Goshen on Wednesday, June 12, to talk to people about good behaviors as a part of the CLASS (Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students) Leadership Summit.

The annual one-day event had students learning in the morning about 20 different “lifelines,” including effort, creativity, flexibility, caring, courage and perseverance. Small groups of students studied one particular lifeline that they then presented to people downtown, handing out cards and asking people to go to the group’s Facebook page to share their own story of that particular lifeline.

Amiel Romero, who just finished third grade at Parkside Elementary School, was excited to share what he knew about active listening with people in downtown Goshen.

“Did you know active listening uses your ears, eyes, your heart and undivided attention?” Amiel, 9, asked those he spoke with downtown. “Listening makes our loved ones feel worthy, appreciated, interesting and respectful.”

Students said the purpose of their trip downtown was to help change the world one person at a time.

Jan Holsopple, counselor at Parkside Elementary, said the students would also record public service announcements about their positive character traits at 91.1 FM/The Globe on Goshen College’s campus. Those announcements will be played across the country, she said. The summit ended with a program for parents and community members. According to the CLASS website, the summit was for students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

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