Harrison Middle School students and staff have proudly accepted Rachel's Challenge! This program was introduced to our building on Tuesday, September 4th, by a Rachel's Challenge staff member who shared Rachel Joy Scott's inspiring story of kindness that has transcended her death as the first victim of the Columbine tragedy. Our presentation focused on her vision to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion in order to fulfill the mission of "making schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest."
Students and staff were asked to accept the following five challenges:
1. Look for the best in others,
2. Dream big,
3. Choose positive influences,
4. Speak with kindness, and
5. Start your own chain reaction.
In the afternoon, a smaller group of 40 students were trained as "Friends of Rachel" to help us lead the building in a direction of compassion and build positive peer relationships. All students will be designing a square patch of a paper quilt to reflect one of Rachel's challenges. These patches will be assembled together in our building to highlight each challenge on its own quilt, displayed for everyone to see and remember. More information about Rachel's Challenge may be found at www.rachelschallenge.org.