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Area school club promotes kindness

The Chain Links Club was started in the middle school in October, after the school was visited by a group from an organization called Rachel's Challenge, which was born out of one of the most horrific events to ever occur in an American school " the Columbine High School shootings.

Before becoming the first victim of the shooters, Rachel Scott wrote an essay titled "My Ethics, My Code of Life." In the essay. she displayed her values of trust, compassion and kindness. She said, "I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far an act of kindness could go."

Inspired by Rachel's vision, the organization Rachel's Challenge visits businesses, schools and universities across the country to spread educate people about Rachel's ideals.

The movement caught on at Voorheesville Middle School, where upon entering the school, one is greeted by a large banner stating "I accept Rachel's Challenge," which is signed by dozens of students.

The students of the middle school have decided to take the challenge a step further by forming the Chain Links club. When describing the goals of the club, member Emily Cole echoed Rachel's message by stating, "It's a club that promotes kindness."

Among the first projects the club undertook was writing letters referred to by Cole as "Targets of Kindness." The goal of these letters was to extend an act of kindness to people who may normally be overlooked. In the world of middle school youths, the primary targets of these letters were the hardworking, albeit often overlooked, bus drivers.

The clothing drive for Randy is a more recent, more ambitious project undertaken by the Chain Links club. When asked why they chose a clothing drive as a means to help Randy, the girls recalled hearing of Randy's need to bath in oil twice a day to keep his skin moisturized.

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