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Rachel’s Challenge

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, my classmates and I attended the Arkansas Youth Summit at the Gina Cox Center in Lonoke.

The program taught students about the Columbine High School shooting and Rachel’s Challenge.

Rachel Scott was the first student to die the day of the shooting. She had written an essay and challenged the reader twice to start a “chain reaction of kindness.” After she died, her family started the program to help create safe school environments.

The speaker at the Youth Summit was Cody Burch. He told Rachel’s story and it touched all of our hearts.

Rachel was truly a wonderful girl and a friend to everyone. As a part of Rachel’s Challenge, we were all challenged to do things such as stop judging people on how they look and find positive role models. Rachel’s story really helped us to realize that we can make a difference in the world by starting a “chain reaction of kindness.”

The program encouraged all of us to be kind to one another no matter what. Rachel herself said it best when she said, “People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

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