A resolution was passed in the Illinois Senate Monday in remembrance of a Liberty teenager whose untimely death triggered an international movement.

Senate Resolution 28 designates October 4th, 2021 as #BeLikeGrace Day, marking the one year anniversary of the death of 15 year old Grace Schell, who died in an ATV crash.
The resolution was sponsored by Quincy State Senator Jil Tracy.

“Grace Schell was deeply committed to her faith, and her life was a reflection of love,” Tracy said. “Her brief life taught many people to be the best version of themselves, to be kind, to be generous, to be willing to go the extra mile for someone, to respect and love their neighbors, to smile, to laugh, and to care about those around them.”

Grace Schell’s life and early death inspired the hashtag be like grace movement, encouraging people to extend grace and kindness to all in the situations of daily life. The movement made its way across this country as well as to other countries.

“This resolution honors this young lady and celebrates her life because she had the kind of attitude – in a pandemic – that all of us need,” Tracy said. “This #belikegrace. Let’s show grace every day. Respect. Happiness. Gratitude. Every day.”

A copy of the Senate resolution will be presented to Grace’s family as a symbol of respect for her legacy of kindness.

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