Each day thousands of students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel's Challenge is helping create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact.
Rachel's Challenge is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization. This organization was brought to Sanford-Fritch High School on Wednesday to make an impact on local students and get them to pledge to Rachel's Challenge. The challenge program was given by Deedee Cooper of Nashville, Tenni. and has reached to students for the past five years about Rachel's story and mission to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
Rachel's Challenge is a series of student programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and alleviate feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,
"I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go."
Rachel's Challenge was started by Rachel's dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott, when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world.
More than 18 million people have been touched by Rachel's message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least two million more people are added to that number. Take the challenge at www.facebook.com/rachelschallenge