Rachel’s Challenge: Meyzeek Middle School takes lessons to heart

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by WHAS11

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Posted on March 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 5:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- Meyzeek Middle School has not only accepted Rachel’s Challenge, but the school has taken it to heart and put it in their daily routine.

Each locker has a list of five rules to live by, and their acts of kindness chains hang in the hallways and inside the classrooms.
   
Meyzeek students and teachers say it has made a difference.

“Just a simple hi or hello in the hallway makes everyone feel better,” 6th grader Abey Phillips said.
 
“More people are starting to help others when they need help,” Cameron Jones, a 6th grader, said.
  
“People are really thinking about what they're saying and start a chain reaction.  I noticed if someone is nice I noticed then people start doing that.  It's cool,” Rachel Porter said.

Teachers say they have seen the difference since Rachel’s Challenge was introduced to the Meyzeek students last year.
 
“I see how Rachel’s Challenge has sort of pervaded their thought processes without them even knowing it.  I see it in actions everyday with how they interact with one another,” 6th grade science teacher Carrie Wilson said.
 
“They go about looking for ways to be kind to one another. They self-correct and work on correcting each other when there are issues and problem and they're also given more tools on how to deal with difficulties when they arise,” teacher Carol Bridgewater said.

Teachers and students agree that Rachel's Challenge has helped students focus on the positive and look past the negative.

If your school, business or whole community has accepted Rachel’s Challenge and you have seen it in action, contact us here at WHAS11 because we want to tell your story.
 

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