Rachel’s Challenge, an inspiring story, to be shared locally

Rachel’s Challenge, an inspiring story, to be shared locally
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The inspiring true story of one girl’s dream to change the world is coming to Obion County.
Rachel’s Challenge — based on the life and writings of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine school shooting in 1999 in Colorado — will be presented at Union City and Obion County schools and as a community event Nov. 6-7.
The program exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion.
Kristen Miles, school health coordinator for the Union City School System, and Chastity Homra, the Coordinated School Health director for the Obion County School System, are working together to arrange the programs for local schools Nov. 6-7 with the support of the school systems and local businesses.
The programs in the local schools will be appropriate for students in grades 6-12.
Mrs. Miles said donations will be welcomed from the community to help fund the local presentations. Any businesses, organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring the program are asked to contact Mrs. Miles at 885-1632, Ext. 511, or Ms. Homra at 885-7171.
After the school pro-grams, Rachel’s Challenge will be presented as a communitywide event Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City. The public is invited to attend.
According to a flier promoting the local event, even though Rachel Joy Scott’s life was tragically cut short during the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, her shining example of kindness and compassion was not defeated that day. Audiences hear the inspiring true story of one girl’s dream being fulfilled over a decade after her death.
“The presentation is a powerful reminder of the little things we can do everyday to make our world a better place,” according to the promotional flier.
Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple — yet powerful — example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate people to consider their relationships with the people they come in contact with every day. Rachel’s Challenge renews the hope that their life has meaning and purpose.
Superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and students bring Rachel’s Challenge into their schools because of escalating problems such as bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence and increased disciplinary problems. Through powerful presentations, training, community events and professional development, Rachel’s Challenge provides the sustainable solution, according to the program.
A few weeks after the Columbine tragedy, Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, spoke to a Congressional House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of school violence. His speech has become one of the most widely read on the Internet.
Shortly afterward, he founded Rachel’s Challenge, a bullying and violence abatement program. More than 2.5 million students annually experience Rachel’s Challenge and have the opportunity to accept the challenges, modeled after Rachel’s life and writings.
Since its inception, over 17 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world, at least eight school shootings have been prevented and over 500 suicides have been averted. The Scott family and other Rachel’s Challenge certified presenters have reached millions more by popular national media outlets and Scott has authored three books, including the best seller “Rachel’s Tears.”
Scott meets regularly with politicians and educators and is also a keynote speaker at many large educational venues.
For more information on the program, visit the website www.rachelschallenge.org.
Published in The Messenger 10.8.12

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