Accept the challenge-Join Friends of Rachel
Students at the Jr.-Sr. High School are hoping to start a "chain
reaction" of kindness throughout the halls of the school. In
September, students in grades 7-12 participated in a presentation
called Rachel's Challenge which told the story and writings of Rachel
Scott who was the first tragedy in the 1999 Columbine High School
shooting. Rachel's belief was anyone can make a difference with random
acts of kindness in their daily lives. Even something as simple as a
smile and hello in the morning can start a chain reaction throughout
presentation focused on 5 challenges for each student to accept if
they wish. Once they accepted the challenge, students were offered the
oppportunity to sign a banner that is hung in the entrance of the
school stating, "I Accept Rachel's Challenge."
Pictured above: students signing the "I Accept Rachel's Challenge"
The 5 challenges are:
Look for the best in others
Choose positive influences
Speak with kindness
Start your own chain reaction
About 40 Ilion students along with students from surrounding school
districts participated in a leadership training at Herkimer County
BOCES to learn more about the Rachel's Challenge initiave and how they
can help implement it at their school.
The group's first initiative is to encourage fellow students join the
Friends of Rachel club. Everyone is welcome to the initial meeting on October 11
at 3:00 pm in the high school LGI. The group will be deciding what their first steps will be
to start chain reactions at Ilion Jr.-Sr. High School!
interest in the new club, the group created a video showing ways
students can help start their own chain reaction with random acts of
Watch the Friends of Rachel Club video (WMV).
For more information and parent resources on Rachel's Challenge, visit
their official website at