Rachel's Challenge: Character education at Baines Middle School

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by Alex Sanz / 11 News

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Posted on March 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM

MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- Students in the Houston area are learning a lot through "Rachel’s Callenge," a movement based on the life and writings of Rachel Scott – the first student killed in the Columbine massacre.

At Baines Middle School in Missouri City, character education isn’t just another lesson. It’s a way of reaching out.

11 News was there as the teachers tackled sensitive and serious issues, like harassment and intimidation.

Baines is one of several schools participating in Rachel’s Challenge, and educators say it’s made a difference.

They’re crediting a simple principle – a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

"I hope that our efforts at character education and Rachel’s Challenge and other things of that nature lead kids to make those kinds of decisions and not the knee-jerk reaction that most people would make," Baines Principal David Yaffie said.

So far, more than 11 million people in six countries have heard Rachel Scott’s life-changing message.

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