Cache_ Students from Cache, Snyder and Indiahoma heard about "Rachel's Challenge" at an assembly at Cache High School Monday. It's named after Rachel Scott, who was the first victim in the 1999 Columbine School Shooting, and it's aimed at inspiring students to perform acts of kindness in an effort to prevent bullying.
Bill Sanders helped develop the "Rachel's Challenge" program, and now it's the number one assembly program in the world. He says people are drawn to Rachel's story.
"There are few things in life as powerful and beautiful as one's heart when burdened for another," Sanders said.
And that's what Rachel had--a burden for other people. That burden has turned into opportunity for young people like Cristina Martinez, a Cache High School student. She played a big part in getting the "Rachel's Challenge" team to her school.
"A lot of people say 'Well, yeah, nobody gets pushed around in the hallway,' but, bullying is so much more than that. It's the words that you use and things like that. It's the little things," Cristina said.
Cristina moved to Cache in the 8th grade from Washington. She was the new kid, but said all it took to feel accepted, was one girl's kindness.
"I remember she said, 'Hey, do you want to eat lunch with me?' And then she kind of introduced me to her friends and then from there I made my own friends. I bet she doesn't even remember that, but I will always remember that she did that one act of kindness and that she made a difference in my life."
For Martinez, this was the beginning of a chain that she hopes to continue in honor of Rachel Scott.
"If you see somebody sitting alone, try to go talk to them, because people have a lot of problems going on," Cristina said.