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,i 100 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 Cape Gazette By Dan Cook tion. Special to the Cape Gazette Shortly before her death, Ra- chel wrote, "I have this theory Rachel Joy Scott was the first that if one person can go out of student killed at Columbine their way to show compassion, High School in 1999, when two then it will start a chain reaction students opened fire, killing 12 of the same. People will never students and one teacher. Her know how far a little kindness family began Rachers Challenge can go." shortly after her death when they "I think Rachel's Challenge is a realized that her writings and really good program that inspires drawings made a lasting impres- teens to make the right choices," sion on her classmates and other said Cape sophomore Taylor students around the world.]efferson. "Rachel saw the best Rachel's Challenge is a stu- in people, which is something dent-empowering program that everyone should strive to do." uses five steps to to create a cul- "It was a great program for all -ture of kindness in the school and students," said freshman Peyton to carry on acts of kindness to Ferguson. "Hopefully it will in- create a better learning environ- fluence people to be a little more ment. The five steps are: kind to others." Look for the best in people. Dream big. Choose positive influences. For more information visit: Speak with kindness, Start your own chain reac- DAN COOK PHOTOS RACHEL'S CHALLENGE PRESENTER JIMMY "JB" relays the meaning of the writings and drawings of Rachel Scott, the first student who died at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel believed that anyone can start a chain reaction of kindness. Cape sophomores Taylor Jefferson, left, and Mandi Fisher listen intently as _presenter "JB" talks about Rachel Scott. Jefferson said Rachel should be an in- spiration to everyone. Rachel's Challenge has made an im- pact on over 21 million people around Peyton Ferguson, left, and Natalie Oldham listen to the presentation. "Rachet's the world, a number that grows each Challenge was very moving experience," said Ferguson. "1 think the program year by an estimated 2 million, will make people want to be nicer to everyone." Beef and Brew Night supports Primeros Pasos at CHEER center The CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown will host a ben- efit Beef and Brew Night - and chicken, too, for die-hard Sussex Countians - from 6 to 10 p.m., Fri- day, Nov. 14, to benefit Primeros Pasos Early Learning Center. Ticket sales for the event will benefit the preschool's student scholarships program and the .$1.3 million capital campaign to "build a new, expanded facility off Savannah Road in Georgetown. Primeros Pasos serves nearly two *dozen children, ages 2 to 5, with a goal of taking up to 70 students after the expansion. ,, Spend the evening with friends and dance to the great sounds of The Funsters band. A live auction featuring valuable jewelry, an ex- quisite doll house complete with furnishings, one-week Rehoboth Beach vacation in a home on the canal, a three-night getaway to Chincoteague Island and a 16 Mile Brewery tour, as well as a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, also will be part of the festivities. Cost is $50 per person, and includes a buffet dinner, drinks and entertainment. The mission of Primeros Pa- sos, which means First Steps, is to provide a high-quality and cul- turally diverse education for all children. The program achieves its mission by preparing students for school with English language fluency, basic math, vocabulary and other skills. To purchase tickets, go to primerospasosde. org, call Tina Schaeffer at 302- 632-7054 or email tschaeffer@ STUDENTS USE KINDNESS TO BATTLE BULLYING SUBMITTEDPHoTo%!~ IN HONOR OF OCTOBER AS NATIONAL BULLYING Prevention Month, Beacon Middle School students partic- ipated in a 22 Days of Kindness Challenge. Students signed a pledge to make a difference with kindness and to do an act of kindness for each of the 22 days they were in school during the month of October. Students recorded some of these random acts of kindness and put them in boxes throughout the school which were then displayed in the cafeteria. Students had a total of 735 recorded random acts of kindness. -m Shown (I-r) are Aisha Pecco-Ramos, Ethan Hazzard, Jared Kastner-Meldrum, Colby Barbour, Aubrey Munn, Katie Knarr, Rebecca Wood, and Kakalina Dervaes. ;o