By Samantha Riccio

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

These words were written by Rachel Scott, the main person behind the formation of the Friends of Rachel Club at Kutztown University.

Rachel Scott was the first student killed at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. The shooting was one of the worst school shootings in the US. 13 students died and 24 were left wounded.

Rachel left behind writings in her journals that started “Rachel’s Challenge” not only in Kutztown, but around the world.

There are five challenges that make up Rachel’s Challenge: look for the best in others, choose positive influences, write goals/diaries/journals, spread little acts of kindness, which can go a long way, and start a chain reaction.

Starting a chain reaction on campus prevents bullying and spreads kindness and compassion throughout the community.

According to Christine Price, the organization’s advisor, Friends of Rachel started in Aug. 2009 after the first presentation of “Rachel’s Challenge” during welcome week. The organization now has about 30 active undergraduate members who come to meetings and volunteer at events.

The organization also has more than 170 members on its Facebook page who come out and support the various events.

The Friends of Rachel Club meets weekly throughout the academic year on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in Old Main 123. For more information, please contact the advisor, Christine Price at

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