Imagine a Chain Reaction of Kindness: the Inspiring Story of Rachel Joy Scott

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Imagine a Chain Reaction of Kindness:
The Inspiring Story of Rachel Joy Scott
By Chelsea Sandwick
Imagine a Chain Reaction of Kindness:
The Inspiring Story of Rachel Joy Scott
By Chelsea Sandwick

Each day 160,000 kids do not go to school for fear of being bullied, tortured, and unaccepted by other students (rachelschallenge.org). Rachel Joy Scott was a 17 year-old girl who wished to dedicate her life to making an impact on the world through kindness and compassion (rachelschallenge.org). Although her life was cut short due to the tragic massacre at Columbine High School (Littleton, Colorado; April 20 1999), Rachel has touched millions of lives across America through her story. Darrell Scott started an organization in memory of his daughter, Rachel. The organization travels to schools across America telling the tragic story of the Columbine shooting, however despite the tragedy, millions of students are enlightened by hearing the inspiring story of Rachel Joy Scott. Through the programs put on for all schools across America, Rachel’s Challenge is leading millions of souls into a chain reaction of compassion. Track #1: Where is the Love?

Black Eyed Peas. “Where is the Love.” Elephunk. A&M Records, 2003. CD Rachel Joy Scott believed in spreading kindness and compassion. She believed that compassion was the greatest form of love humans had to offer (Scott, Rachel My Ethics, My Codes of Life). However, it broke Rachel’s heart to witness the lack of love in her own community. She witnessed bullying, cruelty, and neglect right in her very own high school. The day that Rachel befriended a new girl in school (who was suffering through depression and contemplating suicide, due to her mother’s death only weeks prior) was the day Rachel realized that there was an absence of compassion in the world, starting with her high school.] (Scott, Darrell). The Black Eyed Peas pose the question “Where is the Love?” Rachel was asking herself that same question. Track #2: Hero

Superchick. “Hero.” Regeneration. Inpop Records, 2003. CD. Rachel believed that love, compassion and kindness are not just adjectives, they are verbs (Darrell, Scott). Each of these requires action to be taken. By befriending the new girl, Rachel was taking action. Rachel made it her daily mission to notice others. Specifically, her mission was to take notice of those who were often forgotten about (Scott, Darrell). However, just noticing others was not enough to satisfy Rachel, she had to take action. There was this boy who went to Rachel’s school. He had a learning disability and was often picked on. Those who knew about how this boy suffered from being bullied overlooked it and did nothing. One day, Rachel was made witness to this boys torment. She walked into the hallway only to find two jocks mocking this boy, followed by knocking his books from his hands. Without hesitation, Rachel ran to his rescue. She proceeded to place herself in the middle of the jocks and this boy, took a boxer’s stance, put her fists up and warned “If you want to pick on him anymore, you’ll have to fight me first!” Shocked, the two jocks quickly shuffled away, never to bother the boy again (Darrell Scott). The lyrics “So if we make the choice to be the voice, for those who won’t speak up for themselves, how many lives can be saved, changed and rearranged?” represent Rachel’s belief that standing up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves, demonstrates the qualities of a true leader. Track #3: How to Save a Life

Fray, The. “How to Save a Life.” How to Save a Life. Epic Records, 2005. CD Rachel was not ignorant of the fact that in this day and age, people were just too busy to open their eyes and see the pain around them. In an essay Rachel wrote titled My Ethics, My Codes of Life, she conveys that you cannot mold an opinion based on the 1st, 2nd 3rd or 57th encounter you have with someone. What people choose to show each other is not...
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