Rachel’s Challenge Community Event
Bill Cataldo, Middle School Curriculum Coach
On Tuesday, October 29, a challenge of compassion, empathy and kindness was given to students in grades 6-8. Rachel’s Challenge was a day of reflection and positive growth for our students, staff and community.
Rachel Scott was the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting of 1999. The focus of our day was not so much on the tragedy, but on the life of a young girl that modeled kindness and dreamed to touch millions of lives in positive ways. Learning about Rachel’s dreams through her personal journals, her parents started Rachel’s Challenge. Cedar Springs Middle School and Red Hawk Elementary students have accepted the challenge to start a “Chain Reaction” of kindness and look to embody this message of respect, acceptance, and compassion as they shine light on darkness and sow love into hatred.
High fives, compliments, apologies for past actions, positive notes on lockers and inspirational posters are already multiplying. Students and staff are brainstorming many ways to touch lives with kind words and actions, creating a culture that is even more positive, safe, fun and welcoming to all.
Let’s commit to joining them, spreading more kindness into our workplace, home, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, and athletic events. If you catch one of our students being kind to someone they may not know well, please share with us. We would love to hear how our students are taking this message and making an impact in their community!
Thank you Cedar Springs Education Foundation, Cedar Springs Rotary, KSSN/Arbor Circle, and our students and parents for helping to fund this amazing day!
More information about Rachel’s Challenge is available at www.rachelschallenge.org.