WATWB: Rachel’s challenge

WATWB – spreading kindness, goodness in the world, knowing that in this world, there are people that are good. Being part of WATWB means posting something from the news that touched you in a good way. The reason it’s meant to be from the news is to prompt us to look for goodness in the news. I came across this article talking about a school that reached over 10,000 acts of kindness as part of Rachel’s Challenge. I continued looking up Rachel’s Challenge in the news and came across some more articles in the news. The quote is taken from the Rachel’s Challenge website. Following that is quotes from various newspieces. To read the full articles click the link on the last words.

Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. She was someone who impacted many lives with her small acts of kindness. Rachel’s Challenge was founded in her memory

Her vision to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion is the basis for the Rachel Challenge mission: 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.

For each kind behavior a student demonstrates, a paper chain link is made to represent an act of goodwill that creates a “chain reaction” of kindness toward others. At the end of the year, the chain links are connected to make one long chain or several long chains, and the acts of kindness are celebrated at each school’s final character education assembly. 

“I think it brings the students and teachers closer together – the students see the teachers as ‘real people,’” Shaw said. She pointed to a student who told an athlete that he wasn’t as “stuck up” as she thought.“She told him. ‘I see that you struggle just like me,’” Shaw said.

“Our Pay It Forward Day is something the kids really look forward to,” said Jeanette Geer, a parent volunteer who ran Revere Middle School’s Rachel’s Challenge with fellow parent volunteer Debbie Higgins. “We spend the school year talking about kindness, inclusion, love for their classmates, the deep impact bullying can have on a person, and to be able to finish the year putting smiles on people’s faces through random acts of kindness is perfect. It is our hope they can take these experiences and carry them through life.

“You can look at somebody’s face and tell whether they’re hurting, they’re happy, they’re sad. And sometimes just pointing at them or saying, ‘Are you OK?’ That kind of thing. That’s what Rachel’s Challenge is about, and about bringing good spirit and good kindness to everything we touch,” said Wylie High School principal Virdie Montgomery…..With 2,400 students at Wylie, senior Easton Kerr says a climate of kindness gives everyone a place to belong.

I love this, since I think it perfectly symbolises what WATWB is about. Spreading kindness throughout the world.

If you wold like to join WATWB and post on the last Friday of the month something positive, follow this link. This months WATWB cohosts are Shilpa Garg, Simon FalkMary J GieseDan Antion,  Damyanti Biswas

Remember, so long as there is life, there is hope.

So long,


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  1. Reading these stories inspired by Rachel’s Challenge gives me hope for the country and world that love and kindness will rule in the end. The schools are doing a great service to their kids in teaching them about the harmful effects of bullying and that random acts of kindness is a better way to live life with others. Thanks for this story and for participating in this month’s #WATWB.

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