Chain Reaction Movement is the Bermudian led franchise of Rachel’s Challenge which is an international Pro-Kindness Program for elementary, middle and high schools. The program is designed to disarm bullying and potential violence in schools by promoting kindness, respect, and understanding. This initiative is also one of the main gang prevention tools used in schools today fostering a sense of belonging, community, and character change. Chain Reaction Movement produces an atmosphere that is conducive to learning in a safe environment by empowering students to change the culture of their school.
Chain Reaction Movement is more than a school teams, it changes the culture of the school by empowering students to make a lasting change. The captivating assemblies impact the heart, challenge the mind, and influence behavior. The impactful monthly assemblies run concurrently with student run teams that constantly work on projects to demonstrate acts of kindness that produce BIG results in their personal lives, schools, families, and community.
Chain Reaction Movement is presently in 6 schools: Berkeley Institute, Cedarbridge Academy, Dellwood Middle School, Sandy's Secondary Middle School, Northlands Primary School and Impact Mentoring Academy .
CHAIN REACTION IS A REGISTERED CHARITY IN BERMUDA - Registration Number 695
On April 20, 1999, America was rocked by one of the most senseless and brutal acts of violence that it's generation had ever witnessed and it happened in the hallways of a seemingly peaceful suburban high school. That day a new form of terrorism entered our collective and individual conscience at Columbine High School, Colorado. No one could imagine why two students would so viciously kill fellow students and a teacher. But, slowly answers and lessons have emerged from the tragedy, which has led to the Rachel’s Challenge program for the public and private schools.
It has been documented that these two teenage boy killers, like high school violence preceding this tragedy, were ridiculed, teased and bullied in school to the point that they decided to take revenge by taking the lives of others. Hence, Chain Reaction Movement promotes not only pro-kindness in schools, but makes the student body sensitive to reaching out to others who are usually taken advantage of, bullied, or isolated from others.
Each of the 13 lives lost at Columbine was unique and precious. Rachel Joy Scott was one of them. In the months following the tragedy the story of Rachel’s life and dreams emerged from personal testimonies of friends and her own writings and drawings. Through her life and writings, Rachel challenged her generation to replace the violence and rage that exploded in the hallways at Columbine with kindness and compassion. She passionately believed that simple acts could start a chain reaction that would change her generation.
Out of the tragedy, Rachel’s father Darrell Scott founded an International initiative called Chain Reaction/Rachel's Challenge to carry on her dream that has become the leading pro-kindness school program in the U.S. with over 21 million people impacted by Rachel's challenge.
Darrell is the father of Rachel Joy Scott and the Founder of Chain Reaction also known as Rachel’s Challenge. Scott has been featured in Time, Newsweek, and many other world renowned publications. Scott has been interviewed by numerous people such as Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Tom Brokaw and others. He has personally met former Presidents Clinton and President Bush, and meets regularly with governors, senators and congressmen. He is using his daughter’s exemplary kindness to spread the news to young people that they need to show respect and kindness rather than hate to their fellow schoolmates and teachers. Scott also wrote the book “Chain Reaction: A Call to Compassionate Revolution” which chronicles the tragedy that happened that fall day and how out of tragedy comes this movement.
Mary Samuels, Vice President
Eversley Lewis, Director
Nancy Duperreault, Director
Kirk Davis, Director
LeeAnn Simmons, Director
Tyaneil Darrell, Coordinator