Meeting the challenge

Look for the best in others. Dream big. Choose positive influences. Speak with kindness. Start your own chain reaction.

Hundreds of Fort Dodge community residents crowded Fort Dodge Senior High Wednesday gymnasium to accept Rachel’s Challenge.

Inspired by Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, Rachel’s Challenge has a straightforward mission “to inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture of change in their school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.”

Rachel’s Challenge includes professional development for school faculty. The program also provides students with the opportunity to form clubs, such as a “Random Acts of Kindness” club or an “Honor Before Victory” athletic club.

Wednesday’s standing-room-only crowd at Senior High shows that the community is serious about embracing this worthy cause. We hope that this momentum continues toward positive change.