Miami East Jr. High ‘Chain Link’ group building compassion in school

CASSTOWN, Ohio (WDTN) — A little paper, commuted junior high students, and a lot of compassion.

That could be the formula to end bullying at one Miami Valley school.

The group of students, at Miami East Jr. High School, calls themselves the “Chain Links”. Their goal is to promote, and spread compassion to all students.

Cris Shaw, Advisor of the group, says the students are full of ideas that are popping up all over the school. 

“The students are constantly coming up with ideas. Can we do this, can we do that? And it’s social things they want to do,” she added, “They want to teach that kindness, and that chain to continue.”
One of the most easily seen displays comes in the form of a long cardboard paper chain. 

Dillon Taynor, and eighth grade student at Miami East Jr. High, says links are added to the chain when an act of compassion or kindness is seen. 

“I just want to see the school become a better place for everyone and i think it would really lighten up people’s days if everyone was kind,” he said.

When you step inside the school, you’ll walk right in front of a large display with a quote, “Walk Together”. It’s become a motto for the students, faculty and staff.

You don’t have to go very far into the school to see the chain link, or posters with quotes and phrases meant to share compassion and inspiration.
The Chain Link also have a group of eighth graders who call themselves, “the reactors”. In early October–they hosted a school-wide picnic where students would sit with other students they don’t know to find common ground and friendships. 
Sophia Markley, an eighth grade student, says the event was a success.

“Most people they sit at the same table every time they go to lunch. One reason why we had the picnic is to mix it up and make new friends at the picnic,” she said.

The school also participates in Rachel’s challenge. It’s an event to promote forgiveness and leave a legacy of kindness.

Also inside the school–hands drawn out by students are a symbol for Rachel’s challenge.

As for the “Reactors”, next year they say they’re taking what they’ve learned and will bring it to the high school–To keep the chain growing strong.

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