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Gary M, a longtime CNBNews subscriber wanted everyone to know about his recent experience with some great kids from Gloucester City High School. He writes,
“My wife and I on our way home from Maryann Callahan's visitation on Saturday and noticed that there was a car wash at the Gloucester City High School. We decided to stop, get the car washed and donate some money to whatever cause it was for. There had to be at least 50 kids involved. Some on the street holding "Free Wash" signs, other folks directing where to put your car and there were others that washed and dried the car.”
“When we pulled up to be directed, we gave the young girl $10 as a donation. She said no, the car wash was indeed free. When I insisted, she went over and got a young lady who was in charge. She explained this was for "Friends Of Rachael" and all they were asking for was for people to pass it along and try to do an act of kindness for someone else. The kids were having a great time and I, for one, was extremely touched by this event. With all the negative things going on in the world, New Jersey, and Gloucester City, I hope you can tell everyone about a positive event.”
From the Friends of Rachel's website
“Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and ally feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she 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."
Rachel's Challenge was started by Rachel's dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her "ups and downs," she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.
More than 18 million people have been touched by Rachel's message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least 2 million more people are added to that number. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel's Challenge. In one survey, 78% more students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel's Challenge. In a recent 24 month period, Rachel's Challenge received more than 450 emails from students who indicated that they changed their mind about taking their own life after hearing Rachel's Challenge.
Rachel's Challenge is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization based in Littleton, Colorado.
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