Chain reaction: Starline students rally together to show the power of kindness
Moving 620 children almost two miles on foot was the assignment Thursday morning when Starline Elementary Principal Corey Triassi led her students from the school to the City Hall campus for a rally to celebrate kindness.
Fortunately, Triassi had a lot of help. The school’s 55 teachers and staff plus parent volunteers helped escort the kids, guiding them to Heart Park adjacent to the police department. School district directors also pitched in, including Superintendent Diana Asseier and governing board member Lisa Roman, who made the downhill trek with Triassi and her students.
At the park, Mayor Cal Sheehy, council members and other city officials greeted the kids with high-fives as they arrived at the park. The morning’s high winds gave everyone new hairstyles, but the gusts couldn’t wipe the smiles off everyone in attendance.
The gathering was the crowning event of the school year for Rachel’s Challenge and the kindness chain the students have been creating. Each link in the chain represents an act of kindness, which the students recorded on each link.
The open-ended purple and white chain was spread out at the rally. City officials linked their yellow chain with the students’ chain, creating a symbolic connection. Shortly after, Mayor Sheehy issued a proclamation, saying that kindness reigns in Lake Havasu City.
Rachel’s Challenge is a program at every school in the Lake Havasu Unified School District that promotes kindness and compassion for others. By learning and practicing the principles of Rachel’s Challenge, students mature in a positive school culture of kindness that reduces bullying and violence.
Rachel’s Challenge is named for Rachel Scott, the first shooting victim in 1999’s Columbine High School massacre.
Pam Ashley can be reached at 928-453-4237, ext. 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.