FRUITA, Colo. ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ visited Fruita Monument High School to end anti-bully week and the ‘Kindness is Contagious’ campaign.
Rachel's challenge works to eliminate prejudice, encourage kids to follow their dreams, choose positive influences in their lives, and start a chain reaction of kindness.
Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine Massacre on April 20th, 1999. Rachel left six diaries behind and her uncle Larry along with the organization travels to schools across the country telling her story and encouraging young people to continue her legacy by practicing kindness.
"Rachel believed in being kind to people, that was one of her major goals in life, to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that will ripple around the world," said Scott. “Rachel said ‘people will never know how far a little kindness can go’ and sometimes we forget that."
Quiet sobbing rippled through Fruita Monument High School's gymnasium as students listened to Rachel’s story.
"It’s really easy to look the other way if bully isn’t not happening to you but after hearing Rachel’s story I really think it’s going to make a difference," said student Ashley Mazin.
Throughout the week students wrote how they or someone else practiced kindness and wrote them on slips of paper. Thousands of slips were collected and made into a chain that reached around the entire gym multiple times.
“"It’s one of my goals to impact people so since I could see almost our whole school in tears and impacted by the presentation it gives me so much joy,” said organizer Karli Myers.
Students went up to Scott and told him how the presentation stopped them from hurting themselves.
“It gives young people hope for their future, that they do have something to live for,” said Scott. “It’s not just a story that's sad about a young girl that got killed; it’s about how she believed in what she stood for.”