Assembly tomorrow to focus on anti-bullying, spreading kindness


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The high school is taking up Rachel’s Challenge, which challenges students to be kinder to one another.

Rachel Stofanak and Devon Schroeder

An assembly on Wednesday will focus on an anti-bullying initiative inspired by the first victim of the Columbine shooting.

Rachel Joy Scott was a student at Columbine who had a profound impact on her peers through simple acts of kindness. The Rachel’s Challenge group is a non-profit organization led by Scott’s parents that aims to reduce violence and bullying in the school and workplace.

The assembly on Wednesday will share Rachel’s story and examine her impact of sharing kindness.

“The idea originally came to Baldwin when Assistant Supt. Denise Sedlacek took a group to Montour High School to see the assembly there,” history teacher Adam Foote, organizer of the event, said.

The assembly will focus on spreading acts of kindness throughout the school.

“The message is basically a promotion of kindness and creating a chain reaction,” Foote said.

In addition, 100 students were chosen to be part of a group called “Rachel’s Friends,” which is being formed to promote unity and caring throughout the school.