‘Rachel’s Challenge’ Monday in Monroeville

Program inspired by writings and life of 17-year-old girl who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Feb 21, 2014

 

Monroeville Local Schools is bringing Rachel’s Challenge, a character education program, to the school and community.

Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay 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 in the massacre 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.

The message has moved audiences to a new level of kindness, consideration, thoughtfulness, and understanding, and makes everyone aware of the scars of bullying.

Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her “ups and downs,” she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.

More than 19 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 2 million more people are added to that number.

Rachel’s Challenge includes two school presentations — one for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and the other for those in grades seven though 12 — as well as training for a “Friends of Rachel” Club that the school hopes to initiate, and an evening event where parents, community leaders and students come together to hear how Rachel’s story has impacted millions of people across the world.

The community event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium.

For further information, contact Monroeville schools.

The program has had positive results in other communities. In one survey, 78 percent of students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel’s Challenge. In the last three years, Rachel’s Challenge has received nearly 500 unsolicited emails from students stating that after hearing Rachel’s story they reached out for help as they were contemplating suicide. Some even state that “Rachel saved their life." For more information about Rachel's Challenge, visit www.rachelschallenge.org.

Comments

Windy

She HAS changed the world. What an amazing young lady.

Cliff Cannon

Wow ! No matter how many times one reads of
" Rachel's story " the response always has to be " Wow ! "


Here's hoping this incredibly special girl never quits working her magic.

P.S. Bully's are wimpy cowards with loud voices.

ole45mag

Sometimes they don’t have loud voices. Sometimes it’s the whisperers that create a situation that hurts worse than the punches, unless you’re stronger and above it. All it takes is one backbiter at one cafeteria round table to speak immature garbage in attempts to defame another and promote herself. Yet kids will continue to support the loser. They are weak sheep. Idiots following losers with no strength of their own. And yes, it’s not always the uglys that do the damage. Sometimes it’s the upper class pretty ones, like the sports teams that initiate other underclassmen with beatings. This is where it begins. Maybe the bullied blows her or his stack and takes it to the sad limit. And they never outgrow it. They go on to abuse kids they end up having as adults. They become millionaires and bully fellow athletes like the Miami Dolphins football player did. My kids have absolute commands to defend any they see getting bullied, even it’s against school policy, meaning they too will be suspended. Some in Monroeville H.S. need this. Some in every school need this. Some dads and yes, moms, at home need this.

ladydye_5

I grew up in Monroeville....many need it and it starts at home. The problem is the world is getting worse. I am now in another small town just a few miles away and it is NO different. It is the clothes you wear, the shoes you have and now, the phone you carry. The sad part is listen to the parents. Sitting in the bleachers you can hear how the parents talk about other kids, other parents, other athletes. When the kids do it they do not stop them, they join in.
I was lucky to have a mother that taught me to be strong and hold my head high no matter what. The best thing she taught me was, if they were talking about me (and lord knows they did) they were leaving someone else alone. If they were talking about me, it saved someone else the heartache, maybe that someone wasn't as strong as me. I could handle it and maybe save someone else.

It is sad to say that many only talk the talk too. They will be nice to your face and then stab you in the back as soon as you turn around. I've seen it, I've lived it. Lets hope this helps to change things.

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JMOP

@Lady
I know exactly what you're talking about. I also went to school there, and live in another small town a few miles away.

ole45mag

Really great attitude. I does need to start at home. and if the home is one under God, then so it will be. But, I can guarantee you that once it's known your home is under God, it gets worse. Even for the kids in Colorado. For me, it's funny that coaches schedule practices on Wednesday exactly during bible study time, and even tomorrow, Sunday, from 10:30am to 12 even though the coach knows the family rule, no Sunday's, it is still imposed upon my kid that the kids needs help and it'd be good to be there. If the kid doesn't, other team members will frown on the kid, and the junk begins. Fact is, school and all that goes with it is nothing but socialism and a dance with the devil. But, I DO IT anyway because of the education they can get which can give them a future with a good job, and not a cancer causing job like their dad has. And sports does help prevent future sicknesses. So even I dance with the devil.

nannagina52

There has always been bullies, but in today's times they are getting more violent! I sure hope that this special young lady does have an impact on the bullys. God found a way to use her even after her death here on Earth.