When 10,000 people gathered in May 2008 at Wilkerson Sanders Stadium to celebrate a Chain Reaction of Kindness and Compassion, the ideas for the second and third year of kindness and compassion initiatives in Rockwall Independent School District were still ideas.

No longer. The ideas are now implemented as curriculum called KC Clubs, developed by Rockwall ISD counselors, to dovetail with the national kindness and compassion effort called Rachel’s Challenge.

Rockwall ISD, through a partnership requested by the national organization of Rachel’s Challenge, has now been spreading the elementary level curriculum nation-wide.

It has really caught on in Northeast Texas, so much so that plans for the third annual Rachel’s Rally of Rockwall ISD involve a really big idea — a Northeast Texas Rachel’s Rally, of perhaps upwards of 80,000 students and community members from school districts around the area.

Even bigger, and still nothing but an idea — using Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Yes, this was the answer to a question put to Rockwall ISD director of student services, Nancy Boyd, on Friday, as training KC Clubs went on at the Central Office.

Rockwall ISD superintendent Dr. Gene Burton opened the afternoon session of training naming just a few of the area districts embracing the challenge, which might be involved: Waxahachie, Grapevine, Carroll, McKinney, and Frisco.

“We plan a big Northeast Texas rally, of maybe 70,000 to 80,000 people,” Dr. Burton said.

“We have taken on a leadership role.”

This year’s theme, Year Three, originated by the Rockwall ISD curriculum developers is “Others Before Self.”

Last year, at Lakepointe Church, the annual May rally, “Power of One” was demonstrated with thousands of little paper dolls, each representing an act of kindness.

In Year One, “Chain Reaction of Kindness”, Rockwall elementary students carried three miles of paper links documenting kind acts, to overflow crowds in Wilkerson Sanders Stadium.

“Our goal is to take the chain reaction of kindness and compassion across America,” Boyd said.


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