Go Orange Day: Spreading Kindness & Acceptance

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Students in Wayne County spent Thursday spreading messages of kindness and acceptance.

This is the third year that school districts are holding a GO ORANGE DAY!

More than 1,500 students in the Wayne Highlands School District alone came together. They had just one message: spread kindness to everyone and anyone.

It’s not everyday that the Wayne Highlands Middle School band joins the Honesdale High School band but it’s not everyday that so many kids from the Wayne County school district come together.

Thursday is GO ORANGE DAY, a day to emphasize lessons learned from Rachel’s Challenge.

“To me, it’s about being kind and being nice to others,” Trysten, a third grader at the Preston School said.

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

It stresses kindness, caring and acceptance of others.

“I see kindness when someone drops a book and someone helps them pick it up,” 7th grader Shannon O’Day said.

This day is almost like a pep rally in the school district. It’s a fun way to keep the spirit of Rachel’s Challenge alive in the school.

Pieces of paper were linked together to show all of the good deeds that have been done by students.

Rachel’s Challenge was first introduced in Wayne County three years ago but its impact has snowballed each year.

“It has really taken off. I remember freshman year. I don’t think we had anything close to this,” Honesdale High School senior and football quarterback Clay Hewlett said.

For educators, they say they’ve seen less problems in the hallways since Rachel’s Challenge began.

Administrators say the kids have learned that a simple “hello” or “thank you” can go a long way.

“You see the signs all over town encouraging Rachel’s Challenge, encouraging kindness, encouraging those nice things that people do,” Honesdale High School principal Diane Scarfalloto said.

The first ever community rally in the spirit of Rachel’s Challenge took place in Wayne County Thursday night.

It started at 6:30 PM at Camp Ladore in Waymart and featured students, civic organizations and businesses all coming together.

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