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'RACHEL'S CHALLENGE ACCEPTED': 'Busco kids, parents and teachers show kindness

March 26, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Kindness is apparent around Churubusco, as hundreds of Smith-Green Community School children, teachers and parents have accepted Rachel’s Challenge, showing acts of kindness everyday.

Three banners with hundreds of signatures written on them will be visible as people enter the schools of SGCS. The signatures came after Bill Sanders spoke all day Friday during Rachel’s Challenge. Sanders is the author of the program directly inspired by Rachel Scott who died along with 12 others in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton near Denver, Colo.

Rachel Joy Scott, born in 1981, was shot six times by two teenagers named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold during an attack at Columbine High School. She was the first student shot outside the school cafeteria on that fateful day, April 20, 1999, that would become the worst school massacre in American history.

After the attack, Rachel was buried, but before she died she wrote a paper about kindness and other great things. She left a quote, that she lived by for the rest of her life. Her life was very short since she died at the age 17.

Rachel wrote, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
Sanders met Darrell Scott, Rachel’s dad, and for two years they wrote the program that has been shared with 16 million students around the world and challenges students to show acts of kindness every day.

After Rachel’s death the Scott family found six journals the young girl wrote, and throughout them, she challenged herself and others to be kind every day.
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