Our school is committed to promoting kindness and compassion so that Nine Mile remains a safe place to learn and to grow. In doing so, we implemented the Rachel's Challenge program.
Nine Mile Falls Elementary is proud to be a part of this amazing program.Rachel’s Challenge is about showing kindness to everyone. Teaching children at an early age that kindness and compassion is a way of life; not what we do, but who we are is the primary objective of Kindness & Compassion. It proactively addresses the issues of bullying and destructive behavior by giving students permission to be kind.
More about Rachel's Challenge
Who was Rachel?
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America. To get more information on this amazing girl, please visit www.rachelschallenge.orgIn the elementary program, the focus will not be on the events of Columbine High School or Rachel’s death; in fact they are not even mentioned. Instead the program is based on Rachel’s life and her belief that small, deliberate acts of kindness could have a profound and lasting effect on those around us.
Through her writings, her family has based Rachel’s Challenge on five things that she believed:
1.Look for the best in others – eliminate prejudice
2.Dream big, believe in yourself!
3.Choose positive influences
4.Speak with kindness
5.Start your own chain reaction of kindness
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.
Students and staff are encouraged to fill out paper hands with statements of kind and compassionate actions they have witnessed from others. The hands are then displayed around the school. This has allowed our staff and students more opportunities to highlight those behaviors that exemplify Rachel's Challenge.