Spreading kindness

Students inspired by recent assembly

Rachel’s Challenge, a program designed to change campus culture,  came to the high school  Wednesday. Rachel’s Challenge has a vision to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Their mission is to make schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect,  and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest.

“I think it’s really important to be kind to another,” senior Shelby Cooper said. “You just have to keep in mind that everybody knows something that you never learned unless you talk to them and that it could be the last time you ever see them.”

Although bullying is not as  huge of a problem at LHS as it is at other places, it is still important that we become aware of it and make an effort to change it.   Rachel’s Challenge has challenged our high school students to start their own chain reactions of kindness.  

“I think a smile can go a long way,” senior Chris Melahn said.   “I think that it can set off a chain reaction. Our school is pretty good about being friendly, but I think there is always room for improvement in all areas.”


Recently students started creating their own challenges.  Posters with positive hand prints have gone up all over school, showing that the first step does not have to be a big one to get a reaction. 

“In the hallway when I’m in the crowded part, I’ll try to let someone go in front of me,” sophomore Josie Gradick said. “Then I’ll take my turn and next time that person is in that crowded hallway they might let someone in front of them. If we all did this the hallway would flow so much smoother and I believe the same thing would happen in life.”