Rantings and Ravings
Since I began writing sports, I spend a lot of time at Carbon High. My girls were not in sports or many other extra curricular activities when they were in high school so I wasn't there much when they were growing up. Now I am there at least once or twice a week.
Because I am there on the sidelines, I get to chat with many of the administrators while we are observing the games and activities. The only time I used to do that was after a phone call that summoned me to the office to deal with some issue or another concerning my children.
It is a lot more fun to chat when you are not sitting face to face with someone telling you about something you need to correct with your child. This week principal Greg Stanfield was telling me about some of the positive things his student body is involved with. We were shifting from the wrestling meet to the basketball game and talking between the roar of the crowds.
In September Carbon High had an assembly in which they were introduced to an organization called the Friends of Rachel Club. This was named after the first student that was gunned down at Columbine High.
The purpose of the club is to inspire and motivate the student body to reach out to each other and leave no student isolated and alone.
Eighty Carbon kids began to work on this project. About 25 are actively promoting it now. They work on five challenges: look for the good in others, dare to dream, choose positive role models, do acts of kindness, and start a chain reaction with your positive action.
One group of students is involved with reaching out to any new or isolated kids. They check with the counselors and take the new students around the school. They check the lunch room and if they see someone sitting alone at lunch; they then include them and try to promote friendship and unity.
A second group sets the tone for each month with a theme. In January it was positive mental attitude and in February it will be respect. They find weekly and daily quotes to promote the theme and the quotes are read on the intercom and posted throughout the school. They also choose a staff or faculty member that embodies the theme. They also choose a student that promotes the idea as well.
The third group reaches out and acknowledges staff and organizations that help or support the student body. These come in the form of letters of kindness from the group.
The last group of students is organizing community projects and fund raisers that the entire school body can take part in. From Feb. 9-13 they are doing a clothing drive for the Fellowship Christian Church. They will also be organizing a recycling drive for plastic bottles and bags.
It was exciting to here about the effort these kids are putting forth. The students involved are learning some very valuable lessons about community and caring. They are also maybe reaching someone who might fall through the cracks and lose faith in humanity.
Our community can be proud when we hear about the actions of our youth. They are also a part of what makes this a great place to live.
If you want to learn more about the Rachel project you can go online to www.rachelschallenge.com.