NORTH SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- Many students at Riverside High School accepted Rachel's Challenge earlier this year and since then they've worked on keeping the program's message alive.
Rachel's Challenge is a nationwide pro-kindness campaign that believes cultural change can only happen when emotional connections are made.
On Wednesday the campaign was about students opening up to fellow classmates at an assembly and remembering friends and relatives who've passed away.
Students were all given a green leaf and wrote down the names of those they wanted to honor. The leaves will eventually be posted on a wall at school.
"It showed everyone there are people out there who are kind, and they understand what you've been through, and they're there to help you," said student Ryan Anderson.
Following the assembly the Friends of Rachel Club planted a tree to honor the past and look ahead to the future.
The tree was donated by the parent-teacher organization.