RACHEL'S CHALLENGE and THE KINDNESS AND COMAPASSION (K.C.) COUNCIL:
Honoring and spreading the kindness of Rachel Joy Scott"I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.
People will never know how far a little kindness can go."
-Rachel Scott"These hands will someday touch millions of people's hearts."
Dear Meadowlark Elementary School Parents and Students,
Rachel’s Challenge is a national program that seeks to inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is named after Rachel Scott, a student from Columbine High School in Colorado. It was begun because Rachel’s parents were moved to follow her example in spreading kindness to others.After Rachel passed away, her parents were overwhelmed by the number of people who approached them and told them about all the nice things Rachel had done. Rachel's parents also found hints of her kindness from items they found in and on her dresser, things like the gloves of a homeless woman she felt she should have helped and tracings of her hands with positive messages. Rachel's journal was with her that day at Columbine and so many wonderful things were found written inside the journal as well. Rachel received no accolades for being kind during her short 17 years, she just felt good knowing that she was helping other people and wanted to make a difference.
Rachel's Challenge was started by Rachel's dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott, when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her "ups and downs," she had a passion and conviction that she would someday help change the world. The Scott family knew that her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to try to make their world a better place. More than 18 million people have been touched by Rachel's message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least 2 million more people are added to that number. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel's Challenge. In one survey, 78% of students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel's Challenge.
The KC Council at Meadowlark Elementary is based on a chain reaction of kindness so students learn that their kind actions truly DO make a difference in the lives of others. The club is the catalyst that sets the example for acts of kindness and compassion. The purpose of the club is to help students in all areas of the school, particularly new students, isolated students, or special needs students. The club is also a vehicle for service projects within or outside the school. It also teaches them that kindness is who they are, not just what they occasionally do.
Meadowlark Elementary 2019-2020
2nd and 3rd Graders: Rachel’s Challenge Monthly Activities for Kindness and Compassion Council
October: Teachers nominate
November 19th: Welcome, KC Council kindness expectations, t-shirts, yearly goals, leadership training.
December 3rd: Leadership Training
January 14th: Discussion of partnering with Mrs. Borger's special needs class, Leadership Training
February 11th: Leadership Training, upcoming fundraiser to help a charity for children
March 9th: Reviewing and practicing roles for the fundraiser
March 10-12: Fundraiser: Kindness Blooms Here
-Make more welcome gifts and messages for next year’s new students
-Give welcome gifts & messages to new to MES students
May 19th: End of the year celebration