Lapoint Elementary Candy Bombs Ashley Elementary in Grand Gesture of Kindness

The students of Ashley Elementary were the recipients of a very special and grand gesture yesterday thanks to the kindness of another local school. Lapoint Elementary had a Veteran’s Day Assembly last month where they learned about Utah native Colonel Gail Halvorsen, a WWII pilot who was dubbed the “The Candy Bomber” during the Berlin Airlift. “[The student council] taught their peers about how that related to our acts of kindness and explained that we were going to candy bomb another school in our district, Ashley Elementary, in the same way that Gail candy bombed the children in Germany during the events surrounding World War II,” explains Lapoint Principal Dennis Atkin. After their assembly, students of Lapoint Elementary started to write kindness notes to their peers at Ashley Elementary and on Monday, these acts of kindness culminated in the exciting event where local pilots Clark Hall and Chris Laris and Principal Atkin flew over the playground field at Ashley and dropped parachutes like “The Candy Bomber” to the excited students of Ashley Elementary. Each student received a candy and a paper ornament with a kind note from a student at Lapoint Elementary. The students at Lapoint Elementary were able to experience the excitement from their own school while watching a Facebook Live feed filmed from the sky. Well done to the students involved for setting such a genuine example of kindness and goodness!

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.