Rachel Joy Scott was the first of 13 people killed in the 1999 masacre at Columbine High School. Her dream of creating a compassionate society, one kind act at a time, has become the foundation for a powerful program taught in schools across America. "I have this theory," wrote Rachel, "that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same."

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  • Ma'abud

    For starters it touches my heart. This is where inspiration and positive action begin. The fact that the vision of this young lady inspired people who in turn take her ideals to inspire others in a continuing, growing chain reaction is a hopeful concept in a world filled with so much negativity.

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  • Read Rachel's high school essay, which became the inspiration for "Rachel's Challenge."
  • Learn more about techniques and curriculum being developed to teach compassion in schools.
  • Start a chain reaction of kindness, using Smile Cards or Rachel's Kindness Cards.

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