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Rachel's Challenge

Acacia Elementary is proud to support Rachel's Challenge as its character education program. 

Rachel's Challenge programs provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for positive climate and culture in our schools. It is designed to help schools achieve statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in bullying, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. 

Rachel's Challenge exists to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent positive change not only in themselves, but in their schools, their businesses and communities. We have a comprehensive set of age-appropriate programs for K-12, college and business. The objectives of these programs are all the same; to continue Rachel's legacy of kindness and compassion and to:
        - Help schools and businesses become safer, more connected places to live and learn.
        - Stimulate real culture change by actively involving the entire community in the process.
        - Change lives by providing culturally relevant social/emotional training.
        - Increase achievement and ensure results by engaging the participants’ heart, head and             hands in a continuing improvement process.

Rachel's Challenge is promoted school wide through the use of kindness links in every classroom. This is the key feature of Rachel's Challenge and is used to recognize student and staff who perform random acts of kindness and compassion by encouraging the recipient of those acts to write it on a paper chain link. Those links are then stapled together in the classroom to signify a "Chain Reaction" of kindness.  Anyone in our school - teachers, staff, students - can write and give a chain link. At the end of the year, there is a Rachel's Challenge Assembly where the each classroom links their links to the other classrooms creating a chain reaction around the entire playground with a goal to increase the length every year. Additionally students sign the Rachel's Challenge banner that is proudly posted in the Cafeteria. By signing this, students are pledging to spread kindness wherever they go.

The Kindness and Compassion (KC) Club is an additional way to allow our students the opportunity to initiate and carry out projects that benefit our community.  Additionally, Our PBIS initiative, The Acacia Way, also promotes the building of relationships through implementation of a positive climate and culture. 

Rachel's own words said it best: