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."