Rachel’s Challenge – you can make a difference

Rachel’s story
Luna S. Wahowske
Guest Writer

17-year-old, Rachel Joy Scott was the first student to be killed at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. She knew that she wouldn’t live long and that she was going to die young, but not before she created a challenge.
The challenge is to start a chain reaction of kindness. Rachel’s words for that challenge are, “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.”
Rachel was kind and courteous to others and always reached out to those in need, especially the new kids at school. Almost everyone was kind to Rachel and she returned the favor. Many kids reacted differently to Rachel’s story.
Some of the kids cried and sadly others laughed at how Rachel was killed. Perhaps they just couldn’t deal with that emotional state and needed to add some humor for them so they didn’t feel so sad, at least that’s my guess. My reaction to Rachel’s story was that I was sad to hear how she died and knowing that she made that challenge I decided that I would take part in it.
Rachel Joy I believe was a very special girl. The way her story touched my heart was extraordinary. If you were to just tell me her name I probably would’ve forgotten her by now, but at the assembly they told us the whole story. I will never forget about the girl that believed that she could change the world but she couldn’t do it alone. She was unique in her own way. Sadly she somehow knew that she wouldn’t live a long and happy life. She knew that her time was coming soon. And she didn’t deny it.
I honestly hope that while she was here that she lived her life to the fullest. I could explain how much she helped me even though she isn’t here with many more pages but I won’t. Please help in Rachel’s challenge. She has done so much for everyone that she saw and knew and I just want to tell everyone about what an extraordinary girl she was and is. Just because she is gone doesn’t mean she is still not with us in our time of need. I must also say that Rachel’s family did a heck of a good job raising her. So thank you for shaping her into the fantastic girl she was.
So, show kindness and compassion to others because you never really know what is happening to them and what their life is like. Always lend a hand to those in need, and always remember that you could start a chain reaction of kindness.

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