Start a Chain Reaction

Real Estate Agent with Russell Real Estate Services

Do you remember the quotable quotes from Reader’s Digest? 

Years ago, I came across one that has come back to me over and over again.

RoseSimply, it said, “You never know when you’re making a memory”.

What seem to be ordinary events in your daily life can become extraordinary influences in later years.

Case in point:  Rachel Joy Scott.  She was the first of the shooting victims at ColumbineHigh School on April 20, 1999.

Rachel kept a journal.  In it she wrote of hope and love, her dreams for the future and how she would be the one to make a difference to others.  She wrote mission statements for herself that included reaching out to special-needs students, new students and victims of bullying.  She talked about acts of kindness that could “start a chain reaction”.


After her death, Rachel’s father, touched by the words in her journals, began to speak around the nation sharing her simple, but profound message.  Today, he, along with 30 other speakers, help spread her simple and compassionate wish for a kinder, more compassionate nation through a program called, Rachel’s Challenge.  


The Challenge is presented at high schools throughout the country and combines, audio/video of Rachel’s life and the Columbine tragedy in a one hour presentation that strongly impacts and motivates students to positive change in the way they treat others.


An excerpt from a school essay on her personal code of ethics reads:

“I am sure that my codes of life may be very different from yours, but how do you know that trust, compassion and beauty will not make this world a better place to be in and this life a better one to live?  My codes may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached, but test them for yourself and see the kind of effect they have in the lives of people around you.  You just may start a chain reaction.”

                               many hands

Make a memory for someone.  Start a chain reaction today



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Mary M. Kandell                                             
ABR, CNE                                               
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Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

A Wonderful post which shows Rachel's father turning a negative senseless act into a positive act of kindness towards other students and people in general. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 03, 2011 06:07 AM #1
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Rachel's Challenge was presented at some of our local high schools last week.  Very positive feedback.  Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Carlotta


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