Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed during the Columbine High School shooting in April of 1999.
Following the tragedy, her father, Darrell Scott, began to speak about the need for a kinder, more compassionate country. He used writings and drawings from his daughter to illustrate his message which he called “Rachel’s Challenge.”
Among the writings he used is Rachel’s “Code of Ethics” which states: “if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
Rachel’s Challenge seeks to motivate, educate and bring positive change to young people by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and creating a positive culture of change in the school and community.
The Rachel’s Challenge presentation is coming to the Fulton Junior High School on Sept. 27 beginning with an inspirational presentation to 7th and 8th graders in the morning and followed by an afternoon presentation to student leaders and staff members.
A third presentation will be open to the public that evening at 7.
Rachel’s Challenge seeks to create a safe learning environment for students in a proactive approach to school violence and bullying. The presentation ties closely with the Dignity For All Students Act which puts in place procedures for the creation of school environments free of discrimination and harassment, and aligns with the FCSD’s and FJHS’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) expectations of being respectful, responsible and safe.
Rachel’s Challenge also seeks to improve academic achievement by engaging students’ hearts, heads and hands in the learning process and providing social/emotional education that is both colorblind and culturally relevant.
“This presentation is not just about bullying, but about building a positive sense of family and community in the Fulton Junior High School building,” said FJHS Principal Ryan Lanigan.
There is no charge to attend any of the presentations and parents and community members are encouraged to attend the event at 7 p.m.
For more information about Rachel’s Challenge, call the FJHS office at 593-5440 or visit the Rachel’s Challenge website at www.rachelschallenge.org