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Edmond students pledge to embrace kindness during anti-bullying program

An anti-bullying program based on the writings of a Columbine victim was introduced this week in three Edmond schools.
by Adam Kemp Modified: August 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm •  Published: August 30, 2012
/articleid/3705263/1/pictures/1812371">Photo - Cheyenne Middle School students and faculty sign the Rachel’s Challenge banner. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Cheyenne Middle School students and faculty sign the Rachel’s Challenge banner. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

“There were a couple people in my class who I would say hi to and we would just kind of talk and get to know each other,” she said.

“I think it was a good message in the videos we watched that you can show kindness and that people should be more aware that you can be really kind to people. I try and be nice to everybody.”

Sequoyah, Cheyenne Middle School and Westwood Elementary are the first schools in the Edmond school district to begin Rachel's Challenge. Central, Cimarron and Summit Middle schools are scheduled to start in the coming months.

Sequoyah principal Jason Galloway said he was moved when he heard the message behind Rachel's Challenge from her father, Darrell Scott.

“I'm always looking for the next thing to bring into the school and a lot of what we focus on is instruction and school improvement and academics, which is obviously very important,” Galloway said.

“But when you start to think about what is it that could have a great and lasting impact on the school, I think this was a message that our kids needed to hear and something that we needed to focus on.”

Galloway said Sequoyah students are mostly well-behaved, but there is always room for improvement.

He said reaction to the challenge was overwhelmingly positive, and students came up with several ways of spreading kindness: a welcoming committee for new students, making encouraging posters to hang in the halls and slipping kind notes into a fellow student's locker.

“Just going out and doing random acts of kindness,” he said.

“We really just want to spread that vibe beyond the school.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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