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Rachel's Challenge Asks Students
To 'Start a Chain Reaction'
 

Cedar Wood's Call To Action
Please Help Support Cedar Wood's "Clothes for Kids" Clothing Drive!

As part of Cedar Wood's first Rachel's Challenge service project, we would like to encourage you donate to Clothes for Kids! Clothes for Kids is a Snohomish County non-profit organization that provides gently used or new clothing to children in the Snohomish county area. This year in particular, the organization is seeing a great need for donated clothes. Warm winter coats, shoes, sweaters, and pants are especially in need now as we enter the winter season.
 
Please drop off your donated children's clothes to the Cedar Wood office - clothes can be left with Janet Reynolds in the health room. We will continue to take donations over the next few months.
 
Thank you for your donation and act of kindness!
Cedar Wood PTA
 
What Is "Rachel's Challenge?"
It all began with Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Rachel's writings and drawings had a lasting impact not only in her circle of friends and classmates, but resonated with students globally. 
 
To honor her charge, Rachel's Challenge was created as a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization based out of Littleton, Colorado. The organization was started by Darrell and Sandy Scott, Rachel's dad and stepmom. To learn more about Rachel's Challenge, go to their home page at http://www.rachelschallenge.org/big-picture/about-rachels-challenge/.
 

About the Challenge

These series of student programs and strategies equip students and adults with knowledge and compassion to combat bullying using kindness and compassion. This culture would in turn start a chain reaction.

 

Rachel's charge is to make the world a better place by reaching out to eachother regardless if they are different, picked on by others or are new to the school. Just before her death, Rachel wrote:

 

"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 a little kindness can go."

 

Cedar Wood Students Up For the Challenge - Rachel's Challenge!
Our first challenge was to introduce the students to the kindness and compassion concept. This was and continues to be infused in the classroom.
  • One of our challenges was a clothes drive. See the information above!
  • Another challenge was a food drive. This food will be donated to needy families in our community. Go Cedar Wood students!
  • Our current challenge is participating in "random acts of kindness".

 

In February Cedar Wood Students Participate in "Kindness Week!"
Starting off the week in February 2013, a group of four Cedar wood students set up a lemonade stand and raised money for Colton! Wow, they make us so proud! Way to go! They managed to raise $130.00, money that will go towards Colton's medical expenses. We applaud you for taking your own initiative to reach out in an act of kindness! See the dedicated page for Acts of Kindness Week!
  
We will continue to post what Cedar Wood is doing specifically to support Rachel's Challenge. We hope to have student success stories soon, so check back from time to time!
 
To find out more about the Food Drive Project supporting the Mill Creek Food Bank, click here!