Rachel’s dad says in that essay, “she challenged her reader to start a chain reaction of kindess and compassion that would ripple around the world.” Following her death, people kept asking Rachel's family to talk about Rachel's life. The chain reaction Rachel envisioned finally emerged. Her acts of kindness coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the basis of Rachel's Challenge. Many consider it a life-changing school program.
More than 15 million people have seen the Rachel's Challenge Program making it the largest training and assembly program in the United States. Schools report the pro-kindness program drastically cuts down on bullying and increases attendance. More than 12 years after her death, Rachel's chain reaction of compassion is alive leaving an indelible impression on so many lives.
Through this contest we will recognize and honor people spreading kindness and compassion in hopes of starting a chain reaction.