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Do You Accept Rachel’s Challenge?

Alex Benn, Crown Writer

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Rachel Joy Scott, one of the 12 victims in the Columbine tragedy of 1999, has fulfilled her mission to “motivate, educate, and bring positive change to many young people”. Her story and intention to touch the hearts of millions make her a role model to all, and has inspired a national club to be organized in her honor. Marian Central’s Friends of Rachel, F.O.R., Club focuses on creating a haven of kindness and security, and promoting positivity at Marian.

This organization was created after the many pieces of writing and art Rachel created. A month before her death, she wrote, “compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer” in her English paper, “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”. These codes of life are what shaped the basis for the club’s mission: making a chain reaction of kindness. Our school has adopted these ethics, and since then, Friends of Rachel has done an outstanding job projecting these morals to our Hurricane family.

Not only does the club work on making our Marian community an anti-bully environment, but they also strive to prepare everyone to carry out that kindness outside of school. Every week, a club member goes over the loudspeaker to say what Rachel’s Challenge of the Week is. This is a weekly goal set for our whole student body to supersede hostility with courtesy. Whether it be helping someone with their homework or giving a compliment, these small but meaningful goals help encourage students to promote kindness whether they are apart of the club or not. Students who model the club’s morals can be nominated for Peacemaker of the Month. Every month, the student with the most votes is presented with a certificate of their accomplishment along with their photo on the Wall of Honor in the guidance office.

“Friends of Rachel is such a great club because you don’t need to apply to join or attend every meeting in order to be kind. Anyone can help out and support our message.””

— Lauren Caselton (12)

Kindness Matters Week, a special week where the club does various activities to bring awareness to the club’s message, will take place this April. Members will be giving out Random Acts of Kindness, a card with a nice deed on it for students to complete in exchange for a no-homework pass. Other plans include a movie showing of “Inside Out” with coffee and donuts, and an after school mass. The week is filled with fun activities that are open to every student, not strictly club members. Friends of Rachel does not only promote kindness, but celebrates all of the nice things we already do! This week is a time of reflection on one’s own attitude and actions, and helps encourage positivity.

When asked what she enjoys about Friends of Rachel, Mrs. Hilton enthusiastically replied, “What don’t I like! It amazes me every week to see how willing students are to give to others despite their busy schedules.” F.O.R. club members have a reputation for being the most welcoming crowd. Their casual meetings might be spent sitting on the carpet brainstorming new ideas to spread good will, celebrating met goals, or decorating Marian’s hallways with positive messages and reminders.  Lauren Caselton (12), Friends of Rachel’s ambassador, describes the weekly meetings as “Something I always look forward to! We try to make every meeting productive yet always fun for our members.” Meetings are held every Thursday after school at 2:40 in guidance. Come to a meeting and start your own chain reaction!

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