You might not know who Rachel Joy Scott was, but for those who did they knew she was a brave young woman who through her tragic passing has started a chain reaction of kindness.
While in high school Rachel wrote an essay, entitled, “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”, where she expressed her views on ethics and human interaction in the world. At the end of Rachel’s essay she posed a challenge by writing, “my codes may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached, but test them for yourself and see the kind of effect they have in the lives of people around you. You just may start a chain reaction.” In the spring of 1999, on April 20th, many people were shocked and heartbroken by the devastating killings at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. Sadly, Rachel was one of the thirteen students killed along with one teacher that day. Shortly after Rachel’s death her father, Darrell Scott, started speaking (primarily in schools and other venues) across the United States about the need for a more compassionate and kinder environment and he used the written word and visual art from Rachel’s diaries to illustrate that need. The talks that Darrell Scott started developed into the school program called Rachel’s Challenge. A member of the team from Rachel’s Challenge, Pete Vargas has said, “Little things can do so much and that’s where your legacy is left, with small things.” Since its inception, Rachel’s Challenge has been experienced by students in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and South America.
There have been many activities connected to Rachel’s Challenge, one of them being the Kindness Cards. The concept is simple, do an act of kindness for someone, give them a Kindness Card and then that person will in turn do an act of kindness for someone else. The cards all have a unique ID code and are tracked using an online process, there lies the chain reaction. You can add a link in the chain by performing your own act of kindness, click here to find out how. Kindness is contagious, don’t be afraid to catch it and pass it on.