As we approach the season of giving, it is important to be reminded that sometimes the best gifts are not the ones sitting under our trees, but can be as simple as a kind word or a hug. Westwood first-grader Campbell Frost exudes the giving spirit, not just during the holiday season, but all year long.
Beginning last year while Westwood PE teacher Celeste Romell was battling breast cancer, Frost would make it a point to encourage and support her teacher.
“When I got diagnosed with cancer, Miss Campbell was by my side telling me she was praying for me,” Romell said. “She’d always give me hugs and smile.”
Frost said she just wanted to see Romell get better.
“I wanted her to be healthy; I wanted her to fight through cancer,” Frost said. “I prayed that she would do good and be able to get through cancer without any problems.”
Through every difficulty, Romell said Frost and the other students have been by her side.
“They’ve been my own cheering crowd,” she stated. “They would celebrate with me each time I told them about my victories. They were so supportive and still are. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Then the day came when Romell was free of cancer, winning a tough-fought battle. Frost said she was overjoyed.
“I was so excited,” Frost stated. “It made me really happy. I prayed to God to say ‘thank you.’”
Even still, Frost makes sure to show kindness to Romell every day.
“She still comes up to me and hugs me and says she loves me and she still prays for me and says she’s very thankful that I am healthy,” Romell said with a smile. “I think that’s special.”
However, Frost’s kindness is not limited to just Romell: she shares her love with everyone.
“She has a heart as big as Texas. She’s always helping others in the classroom. Anybody falling or needs help, she’s there to guide them,” Romell said. “We want to teach the kids what empathy is, and they know because it’s a part of our Superhero thing that we talk about. Campbell is a superhero through and through.”
Frost said she likes to be kind because she enjoys encouraging others.
“I want them to feel like they’re good and they can do stuff that they thought they couldn’t do,” she said. “Sometimes whenever [my classmates] think they can’t do something, I tell them, ‘Just go do it. Go and try to be what you want to be.’”
Romell said she believes people can learn from this first-grader, just as she has.
“We can learn from her from just from the way she shares her kindness,” Romell said. “She makes it contagious.”
So, this holiday season, may we all learn from young Campbell Frost and spread love and joy to those around us.