Saturday, September 15, 2007

Rachel's Challenge-Start a Chain Reaction

This is Gabby7 and Sarah7 for the HCHS Newsblog. We interviewed Ms.Campell about a program called Rachel's Challenge. This program was made to comemorate Rachel Joy Scott, a student killed in the Columbine High School shooting. She beleived that with one little act of kindness, you could start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. We asked Ms. Campell what inspired her to bring this program to our school and this is what she said," I was a senior in high school in Colorado Springs when the shootings at Columbine High School occured, and it just felt so close to home." Some of you may know that Colorade Springs is only about 60 miles from Denver, Colorado, where the shootings took place.
The goal for the program "Rachel's Challenge" is to start a chain reaction, to help kids who are being bullied or have special needs and help them feel like they belong. I asked her if this program would be at our school for a long time and she said yes it would. The Friends of Rachel is a group that gets together once every week for a half hour meeting and then they get together every month for a longer meeting and they talk about how to make more kids feel like they belong. Ms. Campell gave us an example of how they are planning to do that. Here is what she said," On one day we might have our group members say hi to 5 people they have never spoken to before."
I think this is a great program for our school and I really do hope it is around for a long time. Remember, with a simple act of kindness, you could start a chain reaction. This has been Gabby7 and Sarah7 for HCHS Newsblog.

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