That note and other encouraging notes stuck to lockers sporadically throughout the school’s hallways are part of a student-led continuation of the message they learned during the launch of Rachel’s Challenge in September.
The challenge is named for Rachel Scott, who was the first victim of the shooting tragedy at Columbine (Colo.) High School in 1999.
The challenge for middle school students encourages them to “be kind to others, dream big and believe in yourself, practice positive gossip, show appreciation to those you love, and be the answer.”
Since the school and community kicked off the initiative, nearly 200 students in grades 5-8 at Spring Lake Intermediate and Middle School joined the Friends of Rachel Club.
Rachel's Challenge is a nonprofit, apolitical and nonreligious organization based in Littleton, Colo. Scott’s parents created it to empower communities against bullying based on an essay that Rachel wrote about performing “a chain reaction of kindness.”
Spring Lake fifth-grader Mahli Braak said she wanted to join the Friends of Rachel Club because she was bullied in elementary school, and she wanted to help other kids in similar situations.
Braak’s classmate, Sebastian Thigpen, said he wanted to be part of the positive club because of the impact it will have on others.
“It’s a good way to help people, and it makes you nice,” he said.
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