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RMS students do random acts of kindness

5/17/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Bunny Oldham
GREATER AKRON — On May 5, approximately 40 Revere Middle School (RMS) students in sixth through eighth grades in the Rachel’s Challenge Group participated in random acts of kindness throughout the area. The group is pictured at right.

The students paid for gas, breakfasts and lunches, and also handed out jewelry donated by local merchants. In return, the recipients were asked to consider paying it forward to start a chain reaction of kindness. Group officials state recipients did pay it forward by paying for the purchase of gas and food of others behind them in Fairlawn and the Montrose area.

In its second year at the school, Rachel’s Challenge is a program inspired by Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine school shooting in 1999, and her acts of kindness and compassion, along with the contents of her six diaries.

The RMS students raised about $1,500 to fund the project through activities such as bake sales, a “To Beiber or Not to Beiber” contest, selling designer products and hosting a dodge ball tournament, according to school officials. RMS’ Rachel’s Challenge is under the auspices of the PTA and is not a school-run club. Parent mentors of the club are Bunny Oldham, Traci Hunt, Laura Guilliam and Brenda Saridakis. Teacher mentors are Joan Lyons and Joyce Pushpak.

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