Rachel’s Challenge is coming to Godfrey-Lee Public Schools on Tuesday, September 23. Students in grades 1-5 and 6-12 will participate in two morning assemblies followed by a Friends of Rachel training session for up to 100 secondary students and ten staff members that afternoon. We’re enthusiastically inviting parents and members of the community to join us that evening, 7:00 pm, in the Lee High School OAC for a community-wide memorable event (see poster for details).
Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.
Educators and parents bring Rachel’s Challenge into their schools because of escalating societal problems such as: bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence, and increased disciplinary actions. Through powerful presentations, trainings, community events such as this, and professional development, Rachel’s Challenge provides the sustainable solution.
Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day.
Rachel’s Challenge can renew our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Rachel’s story gives us permission to start our own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate in our schools and our Godfrey-Lee community.
For more details, you can go to http://www.rachelschallenge.org/. We also encourage staff, students and parents to preview event videos at http://www.rachelschallenge.org/quicklinks/event-prep-materials/.