Special to Inside The Pew
Community Christian School’s Student Leadership Institute’s director, Judy Klein, saw a need in a former student of hers and CCS graduate, Ryan McLeod.
Ryan McLeod, now a Beaumont firefighter, has a 4-year-old son, Racer, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Because of the
severity of his illness, Racer is in need of a diabetic alert dog.
The students at Community Christian School recently went through Rachel’s Challenge and through the testimony of Rachel Scott, learned that “if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
Based on Rachel’s Challenge, the students of CCS have started a Chain Reaction club and are implementing the challenge in their chapel and Student Leadership Institute program. This week the entire school is having a “Chain Reaction” week where each day they are focusing on a different act of kindness.
Klein, as part of the Chain Reaction, wanted to show an act of kindness toward the McLeod family. She presented the need of the McLeod family to the student body during their chapel and they rallied together to raise money throughout one week to help with the purchase of the diabetic alert dog. The students were impacted by the need of the 4-year boy and raised $1, 500. Together with the money raised by Community Christian School in Orange and the money raised by the community and surrounding areas at the benefit at Precision Autobody in Nederland on Feb. 11, the McLeod family now has the money to receive a diabetic alert dog for Racer.
The CCS family is so blessed to be a small part of helping Racer McLeod.