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Bonham ISD Takes on Rachel's Challenge to Promote Positivity

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BONHAM, TX-- Bonham ISD is participating in a movement aimed at promoting positivity and kindness in place of bullying and gossip. It's called "Rachel's Challenge" named after the first victim of the columbine shooting. Deeda Payton reports.

Rachel's challenge is for people to perform random acts of kindness that will be passed onto others. Basically it's a way to pay it forward to make schools a safer and warmer place.

Smiling faces, warm embraces and supportive gestures are a direct response to "Rachel's Challenge." "I'm excited for this today because I see a lot of people opening up and changing and it's going to be a really good thing to start with," said student, Jenna Toland.

Nearly one hundred junior high and high school students from Bonham have accepted the challenge made years ago by Rachel Scott. Rachel was the first person killed in the Columbine, Colorado shootings in 1999. "She wrote about starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion so they use that to inspire students and teenagers to start their own chain reaction to use their words that hold tremendous power to continue the chain of reaction that Rachel started," said program director, Andrew Cipolla.

Rachel's father created the program which promotes positivity and kindness through a series of trust-building exercises to make school environments safer and warmer. "we have more problems with kids being disrespectful to one another and to adults so that's what we're trying to change here at Bonham," said Bonham counselor, Mary Jane Neal.

Thousands of students across the country are following in Rachel's footsteps to replace bullying and violence with understanding and compassion. "I think a lot of people are really down about it and maybe some may feel suicidal but at parks when I see people bullying I usually go up and break up and encourage others not to do it or something like that," Koltin Kincaid.

Organizers say it's really more than a challenge, it's the power to change attitudes and in turn the lives of others.

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Deeda Payton, KTEN News.