First Colonial students stepping up for Rachel's Challenge


by LaSalle Blanks

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 13 at 1:22 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH – A Virginia Beach high school taking Rachel’s Challenge is meeting that challenge every day.

The program, inspired by the first person killed in the Columbine massacre, is stirring students at First Colonial High School. It promotes kindness and respect and calls on teens to be better people.

More than 100 students took the pledge to better their school and community. Some agreed to mentor freshmen students.

This week, 13News checked in to see what’s going on.

Justin Cormier was meeting with Jujuan, a ninth grader.

"Maybe once a week, we can get together and go over your homework or whatever problems you may have," he said.

"To see them step up is almost like having another parent like guide you through life. They’re guiding us through school, telling us the rights and wrongs. Any subject you’re weak in, they’ll help you," Jujuan stated.

Other students are making videos that highlight acts of kindness around the school and they’re planning ways to volunteer in school and in the community.

"Every action you have has a reaction, so whenever you're nice, you’re gonna have a nice reaction come back at you," believes sophomore Wesley Foster.

First Colonial isn't the only Hampton Roads school to take on Rachel's Challenge.

Thursday night in Norfolk, several teachers will receive $2,000 grants to begin programs at their schools. 

Schools on the Peninsula are accepting the challenge as well.