On Dec. 12, Ocean Road School held a holiday chorus concert and singalong for residents of Brandywine Living in Wall Township. The choir and their guests shook bells and maracas as they sang along to familiar tunes like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Jingle Bells.”
The special performance came into fruition after Callan’s Character Crew visited the assisted living facility in early November to play board games with the residents. The crew had such a great time that they decided to invite the residents to Ocean Road School to get them into the holiday spirit.
“Our Chorus members, like Callan’s Character Crew, know that being in the spotlight is not always the most important thing in life,” Ocean Road School Principal Sheila Buck said. “Sometimes, spreading light to someone whose world might be a little bit lonely is the best way to shine!”
Callan’s Character Crew is a team of fifth grade students at Ocean Road School who consistently demonstrate positive character traits and a commitment to helping others. Their goal is to share love and kindness in the name of Callan Costa, a preschool student at Ocean Road School who passed away unexpectedly in 2017 at the age of three.
Throughout the year, the members participate in a number of service projects within the school and the community, such as delivering Panther Plus awards to students on Fridays, collecting food for the Fulfill Food Bank in Neptune and serving lunch at Meal at Noon soup kitchen in Long Branch.
“Students are very serious about spreading Callan’s spirit of goodness in our school and our community,” Buck said. “They talk about Callan frequently, and they tell Callan’s parents in person and via letters and photos what it means to be a member of the crew. Callan’s family, in turn, often shares what a great comfort it is to know that such an amazing group of children bears the name of their son.”