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September 29, 2017
Message of Kindness Coming to Grand Rapids

Small acts of kindness and acceptance can make the largest changes in a person’s life. That’s the essential message of Rachel’s Challenge. The nationally recognized program will be in Grand Rapids on October 10 with assemblies and workshops at RJEMS and a community presentation at the Reif Center.

"It is so important for Rachel's Challenge to come to our school because our students deserve to hear messages of kindness,” said RJEMS teacher and student council advisor Carol Digby. “Here, at RJEMS, being kind and caring are more important than anything else. We are educating our students to become great people!"

Rachel’s Challenge encourages people to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine    school shootings in 1999. Shortly before her death, Rachel wrote, “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 will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

The event will include messages about compassion and support and leadership training for 25 students from each grade level to keep the message alive.