Year of good deeds and bully awareness
Hewitt, TX — For the fourth year in a row, Midway ISD has celebrated Rachel’s Challenge. It is a program to encourage good deeds while at the same time harnessing an anti-bullying environment in the classroom.
2,000 students from five of the district’s schools participated in Wednesday morning’s event.
Over the course of the school year, kids who were seen doing good deeds were told to write down what they had done on paper. The paper slips were then linked together to form a chain of 35,000 good deeds.
Diane Gough is a principal at one of the elementary schools in the district, and said not only has the learning environment improved, but that the kids have had less altercations with each other than years prior. A trend aimed to prevent bullying and harassment in their later years.
“We've been doing this for four years," said Gough. "The year before we started the program, we had over 300 discipline referrals to the office. And, in the first year we implemented the program, that number went down to 150. In this particular year, we are down to just 75.”
The 35,000-link chain was supposed to wrap around an outdoor running track twice.
Tuesday morning’s fog caused other plans. Instead, each chain was paraded around the track by fellow students.