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Acts of Kindness Day Message - Bullying, Begone!

When a community takes a stand, it truly can become a better place to live. That’s the message of the Rio Rancho Public Schools Anti-Bullying Committee and City of Rio Rancho Acts of Kindness Day, held on April 5 at Haynes Park.
The goal of Acts of Kindness Day is simple: to get people to think about how they treat one another and encourage a culture of civility in our community, with the ultimate objective of banishing bullying and making Rio Rancho a kinder place to live. 
The event draws its inspiration from Rachel’s Challenge, a program which urges teens to strive for an atmosphere of kindness and compassion in schools and to reject bullying and violence. Rachel’s Challenge is named in honor of Rachel Scott, one of the students killed in the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. 

This is the second year the city and school district have teamed up to promote Acts of Kindness Day.  Participants are invited to help in creating a “chain of kindness” where participants can write down something kind they did for someone and include it as a link in the chain.  Participants can also pledge to do something kind for someone else. 

Outgoing Mayor Tom Swisstack, Attorney General Gary King, Rio Rancho Police Chief Michael Geier, and Superintendent Sue Cleveland set the tone by briefly addressing attendees.  The event also included musical performances by student groups,games and activities, a petting zoo and booths where organizations and businesses could share the good things they do for the community.  

Mission: Rio Rancho Public Schools is dedicated to graduating each student with an educational foundation for success as a responsible, ethical contributor to society.

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