You may have heard of the tragic Columbine High School massacre. Out of that tragedy has come inspiration for a charitable project called Rachel’s Challenge.  The organization aims to creating safe, connected school environments where kindness and learning are maximized. Based on the life and writing of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy in 1999, Rachel’s Challenge provides a continual improvement process for schools. They help organize school events all over the United States. So far over 21 million people have been active in these events and thousands have benefited by either giving or receiving acts of compassion or kindness.

The organization bases their ideas directly off of Rachel’s diary in which she argues for helping students accept a life that promotes chains of acts of kindness and compassion.  Rachel believed it all starts with one person, that the one act of kindness can create a ripple effect.  Here is a 4 minute video of her story