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GCCS partners to SHINE

Written on June 9th, 2014
Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS) recently joined with Centennial Collegiate and College Heights Secondary to participate in SHINE (Students Helping in Neighbouring Environments). The initiative was inspired by a program based on the life and writing of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine tragedy in 1999. Scott’s legacy led to the formation of a non-profit organization called Rachel’s Challenge, which seeks to create connected and safe school environments by promoting random acts of kindness, respect and compassion.

Through a number of activities this year GCCS has aimed to keep this message alive by partnering with area schools to continue a chain reaction of kindness. During their SHINE event this May students focused on bettering the local community and participated in a neighbourhood cleanup. The garbage pickup was followed by a community barbeque with two of the participating schools. Going forward, GCCS hopes to run SHINE as an annual event and continue expanding the program.