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|Middle school students learn about bullying|
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Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club members meet for training at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. The students are planning several projects to help carry out Rachel’s kindness towards others.
Friday, October 19, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Sixth-graders at Benjamin Franklin Middle School took a break from their classes last week and met in the West Hall gym to view a video about the life of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.
The video showed the story of the Columbine tragedy, words and memories from Rachel's family and friends, and excerpts from six diaries that Rachel left behind. The diaries spoke of the dreams Rachel had of touching lives. Her legacy, acts of kindness and compassion for others have turned into a life-changing school program in America.
Rachel's Challenge is shown to students in schools all across the country and the world. It is a program designed to address the bullying issues in schools and to spread Rachel's message of kindness to each and every student.
Separate assemblies are being held for each grade level at the middle school, and some of the students who have attended the assembly have also had training for a special club to sustain the momentum created by the assemblies for the remainder of the school year. Those students are referred to as Friends of Rachel (FOR). The students are planning several projects throughout the year to help carry out Rachel's message.
The middle school's FOR Club consists of 16-17 students from each grade level. Sponsors, also called team leaders, are made up of BFMS teachers and staff members -- Rhonda Wiggonton, Laura Sexton, Jessica Vinces, Sarah Polcha, Donna Thurman, Melissa Graham and Kristin Harris.