Elementary school approaches challenge in different way

Elementary school approaches challenge in different way

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Students at Reedy Creek Elementary School had fun hearing how they can make a difference.

These third, fourth and fifth graders are learning an important lesson about life.  It's part of Rachel's Challenge.

"I think the music is great because it's the universal language.  It gets kids instantly excited and energized,” said Neil McIntyre.

But unlike other Rachel's Challenge presentations at middle and high schools, this one is different.  There are no tears.

And no mention of the Columbine High School massacre, and that Rachel Scott was the first victim.

"With the elementary age, we don't talk about Columbine or how Rachel died.  It's more about how Rachel lived and the kind of person she was,” McIntyre added.

"Rachel was the kind of person who loved to be kind.  She liked to do nice things for other people."

And so do some of these kids, who got the message loud and clear.

"When you see somebody being bullied, it's not a good feeling.  If you're being a bully, that's not a good feeling either, because that means you're bringing out your anger on somebody,” said student Bradley Weech.

"I think since I already like helping people I think I might try to do more of that because I like to see people happy.  I like being happy, so it's just better for people to have joy in their life,” added Weech.
 

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