Choose Kindness

Check out this story, “Program at East Grand Forks middle school urges students to choose kindness” in the Wednesday, 9/19/12 Grand Forks Herald by reporter Pamela Knudson.

You can also find coverage of it on WDAZ TV

Program at East Grand Forks middle school urges students to choose kindness

Students were urged to improve their school’s culture by starting a “chain reaction” with acts of kindness and compassion, as part of an anti-bullying presentation Tuesday at Central Middle School in East Grand Forks.  The audiovisual presentation, “Rachel’s Challenge,” is the story of 17-year-old Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., during the worst school shooting in U.S. history.

Every student has the power to change the culture of their school, Snipes said, by choosing to accept and live by five challenges:

  1. Look for the best in others
  2. Treat others the way you want to be treated
  3. Choose positive influences
  4. Speak words of kindness, not cruelty
  5. Let go of anger, bitterness, hatred

“Rachel’s Challenge” will be presented in Grand Forks next month on the following days:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 pm, Red River High School Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 pm, Chester Fritz Auditorium/UND campus

Adults may attend either session.  Call the Parent Information Center for more information (701)787-4216.

Here are some Kindness activities you can use with the newspaper in your classroom. The information is from the NIE tab, Count on Character distributed by the NIE Institute.

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