N. Idaho school takes on Rachel's Challenge to fight cancer

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 11:40 PM

RATHDRUM, Idaho -- A North Idaho Elementary School kicked off Rachel's Challenge. The anti-bullying program promotes kindness and a safe environment in school.

Betty Kiefer Elementary in Rathdrum is in its sixth year of Rachel's Challenge. They're not only promoting kindness this year, but they're helping local families fight cancer.

"And when I see them excited about being kind and compassionate and knowing what the right choices and the singing of the songs and the energy, I couldn't be more proud," said Principal Lisa Sexton.

The program gets its name from Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings. Her message is to fight bullying through kindness and compassion. But this year, the school changed things up.

In addition to promoting kindness, students and staff are also raising money for Sophie's Sluggers, an organization that helps local families affected by cancer.

Even one of the teachers at Betty Kiefer is putting money down.

"If our school can raise $10,000 for Sophie's Sluggers, I will shave my head," said Corey Friis, a 4th grade teacher.

Students were also excited.

"I think it helps with bullying, and kids that feel like they're being bullied you can help them out with a lot of things," said Acacia Wrener, a 6th grader. "It really just means helping people out and making them feel better."

The school will have a final Rachel's Challenge assembly at the end of the year. Hopefully, Mr. Friis will be getting his head shaved during it.

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