On Friday, October 30th both Olympia Middle and High School students were challenged to start of chain reaction of kindness. As a tribute to the life of Rachel Scott, Rachel’s family and friends created the program Rachel’s Challenge which asks students to remember to go out of your way and be kind to others – dream big – recognizing how the words used can harm and heal – to make every day count – and to make sure that we always appreciate others we have around us. “Ali” from Rachel’s Challenge made students think critically about the choices they make. This program touched the lives of all students 6-12 and made every student think about the choices he/she makes on a daily basis.
This assembly was just another example of how committed Olympia School District is on developing the whole student. Through kindness, belonging, compassion, grit, forgiveness, courage, and purpose, Olympia students learn how to treat others as well as themselves. Earlier in the school year, Olympia staff had the opportunity to hear from Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, and both programs have left a lasting impact on our students and staff.