First Colonial embracing Rachel's Challenge

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by LaSalle Blanks

WVEC.com

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 4 at 5:37 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A Virginia Beach high school has accepted Rachel's Challenge in a big way.

It's been a week since First Colonial High School students were introduced to the program during a special assembly.

Rachel Scott was the first person killed during the massacre at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. During her short life, she wrote about how she believed one person who went out of his or her way to show compassion could start a chain reaction of the same.

FC students join others across the country to meet the challenge to inspire, equip and empower others to create a permanent positive culture change by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

The youngsters have formed a For Rachel club and have community volunteering activities lined up through March 2012 at places like a youth center, Sullivan House and Samaritan House.

200 First Colonial students are signed up to mentor freshmen, more than half way to the goal; they made a video depicting random acts of kindness around their school that will shown Thursday morning. 

The student body has signed the Rachel's Challenge pledge and there's a big banner hanging proudly at the school's entrance.

"Last year, we lost two of our freshman and then this summer we lost one of our seniors, so we want to make sure, like Rachel, no more bright futures are lost," said Shane Devlin, an FC senior.

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