WAXHAW, N.C. -- Students at Marvin Ridge Middle School opened up to their classmates and their parents in a special presentation Wednesday night.

Each of the seventh-graders wrote a This I Believe essay about their values and experiences -- like moving or divorce or sicknesses -- that have taught them something about life.

Caleb May wrote about the times he and his brother spent with a grandmother-like neighbor.

I believe in special relationships and places where I can be myself, May wrote. I believe times can be extraordinary while doing ordinary things.

The students' essays will hang on the walls of the school for the next few weeks.

Click play in the box above to hear from Emily Martin, and reaction from her mother.

Click here to hear from Caleb May.

Rachel's Challenge

Messages in the This I Believe essays are what Rachel's Challenge is all about. The organization is named for Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shootings.

NewsChannel 36 is teaming up with local schools and Rachel's father to help spread the message of tolerance and help bring an end to bullying. It was Rachel's goal in life to simply make the world a kinder place.

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