Last updated: February 02. 2014 4:11AM - 781 Views
Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

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Logan High School will host Rachel’s Challenge, a nationwide program aimed at starting a chain reaction of kindness, on February 5-7, 2014.

This bullying intervention program is funded through the school’s Safe Supportive Schools grant. Daytime student assemblies will be held February 6-7. Not only will all high school students attend, there will also be an assembly for Logan Middle School 8th graders, who will soon be incoming freshman at Logan High, as the school seeks to begin bridging the transition from middle school to high school student.

The school will additionally hold a community event on February 6th in the little theater at 6 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Parents, grandparents, community members and business leaders are invited — and encouraged — to come to the event, which will provide an opportunity to partner with the school in creating an environment in which students feel safe and supported, to insure continued academic growth.

February 5th will be staff training for the teachers of Logan High School.

Rachel Scott was the first victim in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. In a two-page code of ethics she wrote for class, she explored the power of compassion. “My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading and showing mercy for others,” Scott 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.” Following her death, the nonprofit Rachel’s Challenge formed to make good on her theory that kindness begets kindness. Its representatives travel the country, targeting schools in the hopes of turning the tide of bullying and bad behavior.

It was after reading Rachel’s journals chronicling her acts of kindness and common practice of reaching out to those who were different that her father, Darrel, and stepmother, Sandy, started Rachel’s Challenge. They hoped to spread a legacy of compassion in her honor.

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