Blainestudents accept Rachel’s ‘chain of kindness’ challenge

Published on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 by Mitch Moquin

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Blaine students accept Rachel’s ‘chain of kindness’ challenge

By Mitch Moquin

Love… I don’t think I know of any other theme that prevails quite as often through messages delivered to us by the media. However, it seems that hate closely rivals the amount of air time that love gets in regards to our psyches.

Either way I think it would help if certain things were filtered before they touched us, but Rachel’s Challenge is one of those programs that can do us all a lot of good.

From my childhood, nothing got such a stronghold on me as much as the breaking news reports on the Columbine shootings (other than 9/11 of course).

Being only nine years old at the time, my very small outlook on reality was prevented from knowing such a thing could happen. Being aware of these atrocities, however, makes us think, appreciate, and love.

Last week when the Blaine high and middle schools’ associated student body paid for the Rachel’s Challenge program to be brought to our school I was quite skeptical to the fact that I would appreciate this kind of thing.

As you are probably well aware, two boys from Littleton, Colorado devised a plan and prepared for months to set off a series of pipe bombs in the library in their school (Columbine high school). As the bombs would force people to flee from the school in panic they would gun down as many people stampeding through the front doors as possible.
Their plan failed and they felt they had to further the action they had taken. They couldn’t just let this blow over so instead they rushed the school firing at anyone they saw. The first person they shot was Rachel Scott, a girl loved by many, a humanitarian.

Even though there were several more killed and dozens of others shot, Rachel began to stick out as a beacon of kindness and endearment to others that inspired everyone around her. It was this very quality Rachel possessed that drove her family to start a foundation in her name and help create this motivational presentation that has touched millions.

Now as I was saying, I was not too keen to the fact that a family could exploit such a tragedy that had occurred within their family and to their community, and country. The whole world was really affected by this whole ordeal. Many countries now see the U.S. schools as unsafe and a haven for violence. But Rachel’s Challenge can help people see that such generalizations are a complete and total fallacy.

As the guest speaker went on it seemed to bring everyone together. And by the end of the 45 minute presentation when the student body was called upon to leave their insignia on a banner that now hangs in our school in Rachel’s memory, I hadn’t seen such camaraderie around our school. And as I took pictures of this going on I realized that the show had an impact and that the morality of Rachel’s Challenge allowed people to rise up over all the things anyone may dislike (or even hate) and give people a renewed outlook on life, a new love for everyone and everything. Very similar to the love that Rachel Scott had for her fellow people.

Rachel’s Challenge is an invigorating experience (and even more so if one of her relatives delivers the presentation) that really shakes your outlook on the way you treat people. But this realization does you a great deal of good, and these values will hopefully be instilled into our community as a club in our school is being created called F.O.R. (Friends of Rachel). I urge you to please check out more at rachelschallenge.com and learn the full story behind Rachel Scott and her challenges to you.

You never know, maybe this call to action could change your life in a way you didn’t think possible.