During our Heart Rock Cafe Assembly last Friday, we once again committed ourselves to being kind, compassionate learners and leaders. The first victim of the Columbine murders was a young lady by the name of Rachel. She left behind six diaries about her beliefs and how she wanted to change the world through small acts of kindness each day. Before her unexpected death, she wrote a school essay stating, “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.” Taking those diaries, her grieving family started and inspired a worldwide anti-bullying campaign shared specifically in schools called “Rachel’s Challenge.” At Miller, we continue to join forces with other campuses to create “chain reactions” in order to link our acts of kindness together across MISD. Where better way to start this critical process of helping others than with our youngest learners?
Our Kindness and Compassion Club (KC Club) is an important part of this process. Students across our campus volunteer to come early or stay late in order to assist and spread the word and work of Rachel’s Challenge. Under the enthusiastic supervision of their sponsor, Ms. Daniell, our KC Club is instrumental in sharing stories of kindness and compassion throughout our campus. Here are some members sharing their artwork reminding us about National Friendship Month right now; great job, KC Club!
Learning from others and modeling their success are key components in any endeavor. We are indebted to a visionary young lady named Rachel who continues to challenge us because of her faith and belief in a positive future, thus leading to powerful, kind, and compassionate actions everyday. Here’s hoping we all follow this lead . . . .