Get Involved In “Chain Reaction Movement”

November 21, 2014

[Written by Kristen Taylor] Students across Bermuda are being inspired to be themselves and make a difference through the pro-kindness program Chain Reaction. There are exciting assemblies once a month with incredible guest speakers like Poet Ali, a music producer and artist who spoke earlier this year; and Dez Duran from Season 3 of The Voice who is November’s guest speaker.

Teens are given the opportunity to hear encouraging words from people who have been in their shoes and can energize them to make the choice to be the best person they can be. The goal is to embolden students to dream big and have confidence in themselves.

Then use that newfound confidence to make a positive impact in their schools and communities. Teens can also make a commitment to Chain Reaction and get involved in one of the six Chain Reaction Teams, mentored by their Teacher-Coaches that meet independently to plan and execute school and community projects.

Students are mentored in leadership skills as they come together once a month to report and encourage the student body to join the Chain Reaction Movement. These six teams inspire students to use their talents and abilities to impact their school and community.

The goal of Chain Reaction Bermuda is to diffuse bullying, ostracism and violence by purposefully pursuing compassion and kindness in our students and schools. The philosophy is simple: touch the student’s heart to educate their mind and put their hands to good work. “Education today is the product of decades of changing philosophy that drives classroom practices.

The Rachel’s Challenge philosophy of education is based on a historically sound principle of the “three H’s,” the heart, the head and the hands. We believe that the doorway to improving education is a student’s heart.

If a teacher captures a student’s heart [emotion, passion and imagination], the student will give you the opportunity to train their mind (head) which will lead to the student applying their hands to meaningful work and service.” [rachelschallenge.org/educators/]

The philosophy behind Chain Reaction Bermuda stems from Chain Reaction/Rachel’s Challenge, a pro-kindness program founded by Darrell Scott, Rachel Scott’s father, following the Columbine Shooting in Colorado, 1999. Rachel Scott was the first person killed that day.

She was an avid journalist and reaching out to others was something she was passionate about, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go” [Rachelschallege.org].

Rachel’s poignant story and passion for kindness has impacted students around the world and continues to impact the youth in Bermuda through the retelling of her story, the Chain Reaction Assemblies, Chain Reaction Movement and Teams.

Chain Reaction is currently in Cedarbridge Academy and The Berkley Institute, as well as Dellwood Middle School, Sandys Secondary Middle School and Clearwater Middle School. If you wish to learn more you can visit Chain Reaction’s Facebook page or email info@chainreactionbermuda.org.

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  1. hmmm says:

    Awesome initiative in action.

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