Our 13-year old was asked to give a speech for an anti-bullying campaign called Rachel’s Challenge here before our community last night. It is an important topic and deserves the full attention of this blog space today. She wrote every word of it on her own and we are proud that she has chosen to take this stand with so many others across the country:
“Think about the first time you were bullied. Now, think about the first time someone was genuinely kind to you. These two events are crucial in everyone`s lives, as they are the events that almost completely determine how you act in situations the rest of your life. Did you walk away from that bully? Were you a bully back? Or did you show him or her kindness?
In a September 30, 2013 column in The New York Times, it was reported that, among 12- to 17-year-olds, 47 percent of girls and 34 percent of boys report having been bullied either face-to-face or online.
I am in the 8th grade and I was invited to be a part of the Rachel`s Challenge (RC) group last year by one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Amy Adam. She really embodies the principals that RC teaches and sets. And Mrs. Adam did not only get me involved with RC, but she showed me how you can be kind to people that are not necessarily so kind to you.
The class that I was in was especially ornery and I was always so amazed at how Mrs. Adam would not lose her cool. She would not yell. She would just smile and say, “Quiet down boys,” and keep right on teaching. So when Mrs. Adam invited me to be a leader for RC, I was honored because the those marvelous, kind, caring qualities that I saw in her – she actually saw in me too!
My teachers asked me to tell you how I think Rachel`s Challenge will change our schools. Well, I believe that every single person on this earth has the ability to possess those caring, and genuine qualities, they just need a little encouragement to show them outwardly.
And that is really what RC is all about. It is a kid-run organization that is here to simply show kindness to everyone no matter the circumstance and encourage those people to pass the kindness along. And think, if every one person is kind to every person they see, then that chain reaction that Rachel talked about will go into effect, and the kindness will spread and grow and eventually, the whole world will be a member of Rachel`s Challenge whether they know it or not.
In closing, I would like to leave you with this thought from author F. Scott Fitzgerald, ‘It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light, it scattered the night, and made the day worth living!’
Thank you all for allowing me to share these thoughts with you that have really been on my heart lately. Good night.”
Here is a Baby Frederico story about bullying and a book review from “Bully” at our site: