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Rachel's Challenge - YOU can make a difference!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Later this month, all of our schools will host a Rachel's Challenge program.

This powerful program focuses on Rachel’s Challenge: to reach out to others with deliberate acts of kindness. It empowers students and adults and gives them ideas and tools to help prevent and address bullying.

At each level (elementary, intermediate, junior high, and high school) the program is tailored to be age-appropriate, while still bringing a powerful message to students.

At our elementary schools, students will take part in the Link-Up Assembly, a fun, interactive program with the goal of teaching participants that treating others with respect is fun and should not just be what we do, but who we are.

Elementary students will be challenged to:
  • Start their own Chain Reaction of Kindness
  • Use kind words
  • Do kind acts
  • Include others
These elementary programs will take place as follows:
  • Allen Elementary: 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Frances Slocum Elementary: 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Kendall Elementary: 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
  • Riverview Elementary: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
At Justice Intermediate School, students will take part in the Rachel's Story Assembly, a fun, interactive program with the goal of teaching participants that words have the power to hurt and heal, and to inspire them to use their words in a positive way.

Intermediate students will be challenged to:
  • Be kind to others
  • Show appreciation
  • Dream big, believe in themselves
  • Practice positive gossip
  • Be the answer
The assembly will take place at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

At McCulloch Junior High and Marion High School, students will take part in the Rachel's Challenge Assembly, a powerful program with the goal of challenging participants to reflect on their relationships and how they can have a positive impact on others.

Junior high and high school students will be challenged to:
  • Look for the best in others
  • Choose positive influences
  • Speak with kindness
  • Start their own Chain Reaction
  • Dream big
The programs will take place as follows:
  • Marion High School: 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25
  • McCulloch Junior High: 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.
We believe in the power of a positive attitude, and we know that it's important to equip people with the tools they need to address inappropriate behavior and change the world around them for the better. The Rachel's Challenge programs are a great way to spark a conversation and to learn about specific action steps we all can take.

Did you know ...

The annual MCS Kindness Rally grew out of the Rachel's Challenge initiative at Marion Community Schools several years ago? This year's Kindness Rally is set for April 29. The event will feature carnival games, food, performances, and more, including the annual MCS Kindness Awards. More details will be announced.

>> Click here to take a look at last MCS Kindness Award winners.