School tries to carry 'Rachel's Challenge' into the future

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by KREM.com & Chris Nguyen

KREM.com

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 26 at 6:35 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY-- After the “Rachel’s Challenge” assembly ended at Centennial Middle School, kids came together to form the “Friends of Rachel Club.”

These students are coming together to keep the message and the momentum moving forward.
One by one, students of all grades filed in to the school’s gym, back to the place where they were introduced to “Rachel’s Challenge.”
 
One hundred students in all will participate in the club. They were chosen by the staff.
 
"In elementary school, I wasn't exactly the type of person that people wanted to be around with,” one student said. "I was a person that teased people, and they teased me too, and I know that I can forgive them for doing that, and I hope that they can forgive me."
 
They took some looks back to the past, but also looked ahead to the future, and came up with their own ways to start a chain reaction of kindness.
 
"Me and my friends-- we agreed already that we're going to go out there, and we're going to sit with new people at lunch, and everyone I've talked to said we're definitely going to do something about this," Ashley Meyer said.
 
These students will meet on a weekly basis. Projects are now in the works to create an even greater sense of community. Presenters say it’s the pro-active approach that will make a difference.

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