Rachel's Challenge: Wester Middle School

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by CHRIS FLANAGAN

WFAA

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 7 at 4:27 PM

FRISCO - This year, WFAA is recognizing North Texas schools that are making a difference. This week, Wester Middle School in Frisco accepted "Rachel's Challenge" for students to spread acts of kindness. An assembly was the first step.

Doug Brandl has a captive audience for a powerful message. Wester Middle School in Frisco -- one of his five stops this week spreading Rachel's Challenge. "It's an incredible honor to be asked by the Scotts, going to schools, presenting their daughter's/sister's story to schools all over the country. It's an incredible honor and message that's very important to me, also," he said.

It's a message that Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shootings, wrote about creating a chain reaction - that one good deed would lead to another. That powerful message has hit home for the junior high students.

"How to understand people, learn them better and be nicer people. To pass it on and make it a better world," said Wester eighth grader Bill Kim.

A better world - one school at a time. During November, Rachel's Challenge will reach hundreds of thousands of students in hundreds of schools, all across the country, including Wester Middle School.

"It's great to see the kids' response. The word I use is proactively, where they actually want to take it up and say they can relate somehow to Rachel and they're like, that's the kind of impact I want to have on other people," said Brandl.

Throughout the school year, we will profile students who exemplify the Rachel's Challenge mission, focusing on the positive impact students are making throughout our community. We'll feature these stories every week on News 8 Daybreak.

E-mail: cflanagan@wfaa.com

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