Klahowya students commit to kindness with Rachel's Challenge




Posted on April 25, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 25 at 7:07 PM

SILVERDALE, Wash. -- At Klahowya Secondary School, they're a bunch of typical teenagers with typical problems.

But lots of kids like Marina Hartford say they can't stand all the callous and even cruel things her classmates sometimes do.

"You can see their spirit being crushed, being let down," said Hartford, thinking of the victims of the taunts.

But Monday, more than 100 students made a promise to help see each other through the tough times by accepting Rachel's Challenge.

The students want to make their school a more loving and compassionate place, and make sure another disaster like the one that happened 12 years ago at Columbine High School never happens there.

"My hope for Klahowya is that we can come together and be a family," one student said.

After learning about Rachel's Challenge, the repercussions of bullying and isolation, students committed to do random acts of kindness. They created a paper chain of good deeds already hundreds of links long, hoping to spur a chain reaction of positive energy.

After that, they plan to launch community projects and acts of appreciation for those who often go unnoticed. Perhaps most important, students promise to take their peers who feel left out under their wings, letting them know that they care and are not alone.

It's one big step closer to forming an extended family, and bringing Rachel Scott's legacy to life in Klahowya School.