February 27, 2022 marks 10 years since the deadly shooting at Chardon High School, the deadliest school shooting in the state’s history. Three students died and three others injured, one permanently paralyzed, that morning.

The Coach Hall Foundation, formed as a result of the shooting, has the mission to provide effective means to prevent school violence and improve the quality of life in school communities across the country.

To honor the lives of Danny Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin, and Russell King, and to make sure their deaths were not in vain, The Coach Hall Foundation is asking individuals, groups, and organizations to take part in the 27 Days of Be The Change. The foundation’s challenge asks people everywhere to make one small action every day through the month of February to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Through the darkest of times at Chardon High School, the actions of our students, staff, and community allowed us to heal and recover. At times, the pain felt impossible to bear for so many,” says Tim Armelli, President of the Coach Hall Foundation. “Through the kindness and well-intended actions of others, the Chardon community survived. This month we are asking everyone to make similar, intentional acts of kindness toward at least one person every day.” 27 Days of Be the Change will begin February 1 and continue through February 27.

It is the hope of the foundation that these actions will inspire and change lives. By actively caring for others each day, a habit of kindness can develop and continue well past this month.

The 27 Days of Be The Change will be launched on our Twitter site; @challfoundation and will use the hashtag #27bethechange on all social media. Please share your experiences throughout the 27 days.