Rachel's Challenge Program a Success
Mr. Simmons challenged KES students to use kind words, include others, and start a chain reaction of kindness. Students then signed their names on a banner to accept Rachel's Challenge. Later that same evening, Mr. Simmons challenged the parents, teachers, and community members of the Keystone Local School District to do the same outside of the classroom and in the community.Rachel's Challenge was started by the family of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shooting in 1999. Rachel kept many journals expressing her thoughts about treating others with kindness and compassion, which has since inspired and has been shared with more than one million students across the country. Since having Rachel's Challenge come to the elementary school, students and teachers have been inspired to start their very own "kindness chains" in each classroom and a KC (kindness and compassion) Club was started for 3-5th grade students to promote and start community and school-wide events such as a food drive, cancer awareness, etc.
Thank you to the PTA, Mr. Kish, and staff for helping to support and bring Rachel's Challenge to KES!