FULTON, NY – Students at Fulton Junior High School raised their hand to say I accept Rachel’s Challenge to: 1. Look for the best in others; 2. Dream big; 3. Choose positive influences; 4. Speak with kindness and 5. Start your own chain reaction.
Following the presentation, they also signed a banner to also signify their commitment to honor Rachel’s life by showing kindness to one another.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the April 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
In her short life, Rachel was able to show kindness to many, but her life also inspired a movement to spread kindness in schools and communities across the world.
Nicole Voelkel, a presenter for Rachel’s Challenge visited the school in two assemblies where she talked about Rachel’s life and told stories about people who were touched by the kindness Rachel shared with them.
She also asked students to continue that legacy that Rachel began by reaching out to those who need help and offering a kind word or deed.
She encouraged students to practice pre-acceptance and cautioned them not to pre-judge others.
“Show kindness. Show compassion,” she said.