"No student should be concerned with how he or she will be treated at school, " she said. "They can't focus on their studies."
All of Braxton County's elementary schools, the middle school and high school participated in the Rachel's Challenge Kickoff Rally Aug. 28 on the high school's athletic field -- or at least they planned to before the weather got in the way.
"The elementary schools' rally was great," McCourt said. "Unfortunately, the middle school and the high school were rained out, but I think we got the message of kindness out."
Each school with a FOR club has a teacher and student body representative. At the high school, the student representative is senior Hannah Belknap, and the teacher representative is Leslie Shiflet. As representatives, they help guide members of the club in designing activities to spread kindness throughout the school.
Shiflet and Belknap hope students will learn to treat others kindly and respect their peers.
"Kindness doesn't have to be big acts; small acts are just as important," Shiflet said.
Even though the rally in August was rained out, Belknap believes it served its purpose.
"The intention of the rally was good," Belknap said. "We performed a good effort, and I think the students got the message: Be kind to one another."
Rachel's Challenge, the Braxton Kindness Campaign and the FOR clubs all hope to spread kindness throughout the schools and start a chain reaction.