Hundreds Show Up for Rachel’s Challenge

Hundreds Show Up for Rachel’s Challenge

Stourbridge Elementary School students displayed a “sea of orange” t-shirts that bore Rachel Scott’s message, “Inspiring Others with Kindness” during their Rachel’s Challenge presentation at Lakeside Elementary School on September 13. The program was very different from the high school and community programs, but carried the same message.
Stourbridge Elementary School students displayed a “sea of orange” t-shirts that bore Rachel Scott’s message, “Inspiring Others with Kindness” during their Rachel’s Challenge presentation at Lakeside Elementary School on September 13. The program was very different from the high school and community programs, but carried the same message.
Close to 500 people showed up at Honesdale High School on Thursday night, September 12th, to hear about a program their district’s schoolchildren had been introduced to during similar programs in the daytime. Wayne Highlands Superintendent Greg Frigoletto introduced Jim Kennedy, the presenter from the Colorado-based program that focuses on reducing violence, bullying and feelings of isolation among students, their parents and other adults in a community. Similar programs were held at Wallenpaupack High School earlier in the week. The community program at Wallenpaupack drew more than 400 people. Rachel’s Challenge was co-presented by four school districts, Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention. Western Wayne and Forest City schools will hold programs September 25th and 26th.
  While the programs for the high school students were slightly different from those for the community, many in both audiences reached for tissues to wipe away tears for Rachel and her family. Rachel Joy Scott was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.  She left behind a journal that talked about “starting a chain reaction of kindness” and “how far even a little kindness would go.”  Her writings inspired her parents to start Rachel’s Challenge.  Kennedy told many stories of Rachel’s kindness towards others, especially the bullied or picked on, new students in her school and special needs students. Kennedy said one special needs student in her class, Adam, told her family Rachel turned his life around by befriending him.  “She took ten seconds out of her day to say hello,” said Kennedy, “ten seconds and it made a difference.”
  For more about Rachel’s Challenge, visit
www.rachelschallenge.org on the web or on Facebook.

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