Several months ago, the students of Newark High School were shown a presentation on Rachel's Challenge, a message about Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting nearly 15 years ago. As part of Rachel's challenge, students created a chain-link, with each link representing an act of kindness.
Newark High School students Drayton Santavicca, along with classmates Lydia King and Ian Murphy helped create a club called Friends of Rachel (FOR). It is a club for spreading kindness and inspiration to other students and staff. They've dedicated this week before Valentine's Day to Random Acts Of Kindness week.
King explains that the week is aimed at “helping people and students feel like they are valued and that they really make a difference and matter in this school.”
Taking that sentiment to heart, club members have placed inspirational posters and post-it notes around the school.
Santavicca says club members decorated the school on Sunday to surprise students with the inspirational messages by Monday. “It was pretty cool when they first saw all of them and everybody was kind of a little confused and a little shocked. But I'm pretty sure the consensus was that it was pretty neat.”
Scott Koebel, school counselor and FOR Club advisor says he is very proud of what these students and that what they are doing makes a difference. “We have a very strong core group of students that have been very committed from day 1. I'm really passionate about it because I think it is really important that students feel like they matter here at school.”
So far, the response has been very positive. King says students have enjoyed seeing the positive messages around the school.