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Rachel's Angels make kindness contagious

Inspired by a victim of Columbine shootings, students work to spread good cheer

Posted: April 27, 2009 9:39 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Members of Rachel's Angels pledge to start a chain reaction of kindness at Arroyo Seco Junior High School.

Rachel Scott's plan was to start a chain reaction of kindness. Unfortunately she was not able to fulfill her life plan, because she was the first person to be killed in the Columbine shooting.

Students at Arroyo Seco Junior High School in Valencia recently watched a video of Rachel's life story and the Columbine shooting during an assembly. They decided they would like to grow Rachel's mission little by little every day. A group of kids, touched by Rachel's story, formed a club that meets every Monday at lunch and discusses how to show kindness and start a chain reaction.

Members of this group have decided to call themselves Rachel's Angels.

Sue Dielentheis, the Rachel's Angels advisor, explained the group's first act of kindness. Students helped out school custodians by picking up trash around the campus. Dielenthies also explained how Rachel's Angels members try to act on the issue of kindness by targeting certain groups around the school and showing acts of kindness to those specific groups.

Arroyo Seco is trying to stop cliques from being formed.

If there is one thing students agree on, it was that being in Rachel's Angels is a lot of fun.

Unkindness happens everyday whether you witness it or not, but Rachel's Angels are here to change that. New members are always welcome to come to Rachel's Angels.

Aidan O'Connor is an eighth-grader at Arroyo Seco Junior High School.


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