Spokane Valley middle school accepts 'Rachel's Challenge'

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by KREM.com & Jane McCarthy

KREM.com

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 26 at 7:12 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY-- Students at Spokane Valley’s Centennial Middle School accepted the “Rachel’s Challenge” Wednesday, in hopes of starting a chain reaction of kindness.

 Students thought they were headed to a typical assembly Wednesday morning, but what they heard in side the gym moved them in a way they had not imagined.
 
“Rachel’s Challenge” is based on the life of Rachel Scott. She was the first person killed in the shooting at Columbine High School. While it’s important to tell students how Rachel died, that is not what fuels the program. Instead, people come together to remember how she lived.
 
Rachel was known for showing kindness to everyone, even to students known as bullies or outcasts. She had a vision that if one person could go out of their way to show kindness, it would start a chain reaction.
 
Wednesday’s assembly outlined five goals for the students in the audience:
 
-Look for the best in others.
-Treat others the way you want to be treated.
-Choose positive influences.
-Speak words of kindness.
-Forgive yourself and others
 
These are challenges weaved into the inspirational story of a girl who lived them.
 
Students have often heard these messages before, but not like they did in this assembly.
 
 "Most of the people I was sitting by were like, ‘I need to say sorry to the people I've said mean things to,’" one of the students said.
 
“Rachel’s Challenge does not disappear after the assembly. It marks the beginning, as students pledge to carry that chain reaction of kindness.
 
"I've been mean to people before, I've bullied people before and now that I've seen this I just want to change," Logan, another student, said.
Anyone interested in learning more about the challenge can visit Centennial Middle School Wednesday night, where a “Rachel’s Challenge” program begins at 6:30.

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