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.