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Revere Middle School Students to Pay It Forward

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from Revere Middle School will be in Montrose, Fairlawn and Wadsworth today surprising people by paying it forward.

If you see a bunch of kids running around town today, they aren't looking to cause trouble... quite the opposite actually.

A group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from will be out in Montrose, Fairlawn and Wadsworth paying it forward to unsuspecting consumers, and encouraging them to do the same.

In its second year at Revere Middle School, Rachel's Challenge, also known as paying it forward, is inspired by Rachel Scott, the first victim in the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her acts of kindness and compassion have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in the nation.

As part of the challenge, the students will be paying for a tank of gas, groceries, cups of coffee, movie passes for a family and handing out jewelry/baubles donated from local merchants. Those people will then be given a calling card by the students, asking them to start their own chain reaction, and pay it forward with a random act of kindness for someone else.

To raise money for this program, the RMS club has been selling baked goods, hosting contests and tournaments and selling products.

"All three fundraisers allows our (Rachel's Challenge) kids to go out to the community and give away between $900 and $1,500 of random acts of kindness," said Brenda Saridakis, a parent mentor for the group. "Over the last two months, we have worked with our kids in determining where they want to hand out the random acts, and to whom. We talked to them about how you never know what is happening in a person's life and maybe buying their cup of coffee will really brighten the person's day. We are planning to help with groceries, gas, prescriptions, meals and even pet care."

Megan Rozsa May 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Hi Mark! Thanks for your comment. I was actually there with the girls when they paid for your gas and then when we saw you again at Walmart. They were really excited that you paid it forward as well. I'll pass your note along.
Dorothy Gruich May 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Hello Mark! I was one of the parent volunteers with the students at Get Go. It was truly a pleasure to meet you and for the girls to witness the Pay It Forward philosophy in action. They were really excited they caused a chain reaction. Thank you for helping get the message across, you are someone that really gets it! - Dorothy, proud mom of RMS 6th graders, Emily and Alyssa
Belinda May 07, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hi, My name is Belinda and I work for Rachel's Challenge. I just want to give RMS students a super huge HIGH FIVE for going above and beyond to spread kindness and compassion in honor of Rachel. I am really impressed with the heart of the students, staff(Bunny Oldham among the group), and parents!!! Thank you so much for all you do!!! Keep it up, Belinda Hollingshead
Hope Weisburn May 08, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Bunny Oldham has moved Heaven and Earth getting Rachel's message out across our district and beyond. We are so lucky to have her as the conduit at Revere and touching so many families, spreading Rachel's message and doing some much with it.
Megan Rozsa May 08, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Hi everyone! Thanks for your great comments! Don't forget to upload any photos you took here: http://fairlawn-bath.patch.com/articles/action-reaction-revere-middle-students-pay-it-forward#photo-9831683

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