York High students take Rachel's Challenge off campus


by LaSalle Blanks


Posted on November 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 29 at 6:42 PM

York High School participates in Rachel's Challenge

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YORKTOWN -- Who said students can't make their voices be heard?

At York High School in Yorktown, students speak louder than words.  They're taking on Rachel's Challenge to be better people.

"A lot of people can relate to her," Jonathan Mosher said. "She was a high school student, she had the same dreams as other people."

Among those dreams were - treating each other with more kindness and respect. Rachel died at the hands of two students filled with hate at Columbine High School in 1999.

Her father has turned writings that she left behind into a movement across the country.

His Rachel's Challenge assemblies reach thousands of students across the country, including the kids at York High.

"I've had some issues with bullying and it's really opened up and showed everybody that's bad  but it's okay to do nice things," said Joey Wilson.

Mosher and Wilson are among four other leadership students who will make sure students stay positive with the challenge.  So far, their efforts are working.

Students have put up a chain reaction of kindness bulletin board in the library.  Each link lists an activity detailing how they were kind to another student.

They've also started reaching out to others in the community. They just finished volunteering and playing soccer with athletes in the Special Olympics.

Students say they're starting to see a real difference at York High.

"If you set a good example for the school, it will be contagious and spread," said Thomas Spino.  "I think once you stand up and say it's okay to be me and I'm gonna help as many people as I can, then more people see that and more people do it."

Students say it's like their own revolution in Yorktown and they won't stop until they feel they've accomplished Rachel's and her father's mission.