Students promote kindness through Rachel's Challenge at Central Cabarrus

Students promote kindness through Rachel's Challenge at Central Cabarrus


by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on October 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 7 at 5:59 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- Students in the Carolinas are learning about Rachel’s Challenge.

It’s a program named after Rachel Scott, one of the victims in the Columbine Massacre.
Before she died, Rachel wrote essays about starting a chain reaction of kindness.

Last year, students at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord learned about Rachel’s story.
Since then, they’ve been spreading the word of promoting kindness.

One way they’re doing it is through a chain reaction of kindness that Rachel talked about.

“You’ll get a piece of paper like this and you write what someone or what you did, has done that was nice for somebody,” said Taylor Sherman, student at CCHS.

That something nice can be something simple.

"Like hold the door open for people, maybe when it's raining, help some people out hold an umbrella for them.  If someone drops their stuff in the hall, you could pick it up for them or if you see someone that doesn't have a lot of friends, go and talk to them,” said Sherman.

The idea is that one day it’ll all be second nature.

"You should just be nice to people,” said Simone Gaddy, a student.

She added, “you don't need anybody to tell you to be nice to people.  It should be something you personally want to do."

Sherman said the hope is “to make people want to be a part of Rachel's Challenge and want to be a part of the chain so we can make it bigger."

Since hearing about Rachel’s story, students said they’ve seen a change in their classmates.

"I've seen more people sit with other people at lunch and I've seen more people just be nicer to other people,” said Sherman.

Gaddy added, “if everyone kind of joins in on that and takes that idea that we can all do it then I think people come out being nicer in general."

And that’s what they say it’s all about.