Steele Lane Elementary School sixth grader Tom Anderson is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for January.

Anderson has attended Steele Lane since kindergarten and stands out as a student with a ready smile and willingness to pitch in on myriad school activities, according to school officials.

“Tom is an extremely funny, intelligent and hard working student,” Anderson’s teacher Jose Davila said in a statement. “He makes everyone around him smile with his wit and humor.”

Anderson gets strong grades and is vice president of the school’s student council. He volunteers in the library and cafeteria and is a member of the newly established Viking basketball team. Anderson is a “big buddy” to younger students through an established campus program and has played the violin for three years, performing at many school functions along the way.