Posted on 07 November 2013.
Rachel’s Challenge Community Event
Bill Cataldo, Middle School Curriculum Coach
On Tuesday, October 29, a challenge of compassion, empathy and kindness was given to students in grades 6-8. Rachel’s Challenge was a day of reflection and positive growth for our students, staff and community.
Rachel Scott was the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting of 1999. The focus of our day was not so much on the tragedy, but on the life of a young girl that modeled kindness and dreamed to touch millions of lives in positive ways. Learning about Rachel’s dreams through her personal journals, her parents started Rachel’s Challenge. Cedar Springs Middle School and Red Hawk Elementary students have accepted the challenge to start a “Chain Reaction” of kindness and look to embody this message of respect, acceptance, and compassion as they shine light on darkness and sow love into hatred.
High fives, compliments, apologies for past actions, positive notes on lockers and inspirational posters are already multiplying. Students and staff are brainstorming many ways to touch lives with kind words and actions, creating a culture that is even more positive, safe, fun and welcoming to all.
Let’s commit to joining them, spreading more kindness into our workplace, home, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, and athletic events. If you catch one of our students being kind to someone they may not know well, please share with us. We would love to hear how our students are taking this message and making an impact in their community!
Thank you Cedar Springs Education Foundation, Cedar Springs Rotary, KSSN/Arbor Circle, and our students and parents for helping to fund this amazing day!
More information about Rachel’s Challenge is available at www.rachelschallenge.org.
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Posted on 24 October 2013.
October 29 at 7:00pm
Each day 160,000 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.
And it’s coming to Cedar Springs Middle School on October 29, at 7 p.m. The Cedar Springs community is invited and encouraged to come to this free presentation.
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. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel’s Challenge. In one survey, 78% of students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel’s Challenge. In the last 3 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.”
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 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,
Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization based in Littleton, Colorado.
“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. 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.
Please attend this free presentation with your family on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss it!
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