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Rachel Joy Scott’s chain of kindness

Posted: September 25, 2012 9:16 a.m.
Updated: September 26, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Students from eight Kershaw County schools gather to sign the Rachel’s Challenge poster pledging their acceptance of one or all five challenges.

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"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 never know how far a little kindness can go,"

-Rachel Scott from "My Ethics, My Codes of life"

Approximately 12,000 elementary, middle and high school students had the opportunity to participate in the legacy of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student whose life was taken in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.

Scott’s message of kindness continues to impact students 13 years after her death through Rachel’s Challenge, the program created in honor of her memory by her father and stepmother.

"I thought it was really inspiring. I do believe a person can make a difference. If people would do what Rachel said, the world would be a better place," said L-EMS eighth grader Jarod Skrabak about the presentation.

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School hosted Rachel’s Challenge for local students from Doby’s Mill and Blaney Elementary, Camden High School, Lugoff-Elgin High School, North Central High School, the Continuous Learning Center and Camden Military Academy.

The five challenges presented in Rachel’s challenge encouraged students to forgive, not to judge and to treat others with kindness.

The presenter at Rachel’s challenge ended by asking students to sign the Rachel’s Challenge banner that will be displayed in L-EMS.


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