Oakridge students give back for Valentine's Day

Oakridge students give back for Valentine's Day

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 6:15 AM

OAKRIDGE, N.C. -- The mission of Rachel's Challenge is to be kind to others, an assignment students at Oakridge Middle School have aced.    

For Valentine's Day, they've put together bags of candy for their teachers.

"They do a lot for us and we never think to say thank you for everything you do, so we decided to do this for them," said Kaylyn Gillelan, a seventh grade student at Oakridge Middle School.

Each bag is filled with Hershey's Kisses and a note.

"We got these little strips of paper that say 'Here's some hugs and kisses for everything you do,'" said Franccesca Crovetto, a sixth grade student at Oakridge Middle School.

It's their sweet way of saying thank you.

"They should know we appreciate them for all they do because they're always like teaching us and helping us with anything we need help with," said Crovetto.

That's how Rachel was, too, before her untimely death.

Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine shooting in 1999.  Before she died, she had written in her journal about having compassion for others and starting a chain reaction of kindness.

"She would always help someone in some way or another" said Crovetto.

As part of Rachel's Club, that's exactly what these students aspire to do.

"Because Rachel was nice to everybody.  She was a nice and caring person, so we decided to be nice and caring to everybody else in the school and give out this to the teachers," said Gillelan.

Students with Rachel’s Club have several other things planned to spread kindness throughout the school year.

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