Assembly caps a year of Rachel’s Challenge at NB school

Linked to kindness

At the assembly a massive paper chain was on display before the students, each link representing an act of kindness by a student.  Photo supplied

At the assembly, a massive paper chain was on display before the students, each link representing an act of kindness by a student. Photo supplied

North Branch Area Middle School celebrated a year of Rachel’s Challenge with an all-school assembly on Friday, June 1.

Rachel’s Challenge is the foundation started by the father of Rachel Scott, a girl who was killed in the Columbine shooting and who spread a message of kindness in her life.

“We met to celebrate the accomplishments of the entire student body over this year’s kindness initiative,” said middle school counselor Roberta Backus.

From September to April, students created a  paper “link” representing single acts of kindness. Those links, now a huge chain, was piled up at the front of the gym for students to see.

Along with kindness links, students saved pop tabs from January to April to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

In all, over 179 pounds of pop tabs were donated.

Miles Mann, the pop tab ambassador for Ronald McDonald Charities, was on hand to accept the donation from Rachel’s Friends. Photo supplied

Eight-year-old Miles Mann, the pop tab ambassador for Ronald McDonald Charities, was present at the assembly to congratulate the students and to accept the pop tabs on behalf of the charity.

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