Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. She left behind an amazing legacy and a simple challenge to anyone who will accept it - treat others with kindness and compassion and you may change the world you live in.
Rachel's acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for the most life-changing school program in America.
Her brother, Craig, was in the library the day of the shootings and lost two close friends and narrowly escaped death himself. He was the only student at Columbine who was in the library, the worst of the killing zone, and also lost a sibling.
Students at the Alta High School will hear and see the powerful audio/video footage of Rachel's Challenge Dec. 17. The presentation holds students spellbound during a one hour presentation that motivates them to positive change in the way they treat others. This is followed by a 45-minute training session involving both adult and student leaders. This is an interactive session that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly.
At 7 p.m. on Dec. 17, the Rachel's Challenge presenter will conduct a powerful session with parents and community leaders. To sustain the positive climate change in a school, Rachel's Challenge offers a year-long curriculum called the Friends of Rachel (FOR) program that continues training students and plugs them into activities that continue the chain reaction of kindness.
A few weeks after the tragedy at Columbine, 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 afterwards, he founded, "Rachel's Challenge", a non-violence school program. Rachel's Challenge also recently released an elementary school program that offers age-appropriate challenges and year-long activities to primary school students.
In 2007 more than 1.25 million students experienced Rachel's Challenge and had the opportunity to accept the challenges, modeled after Rachel's life and drawings. The universal message of kindness and compassion told by Rachel's story has been heard by students in several other countries. The number of requests to present Rachel's Challenge to students, parents and educators continues to increase. This year the number of students to hear Rachel's story is expected to be around 1.7 million.
The Scott family has spoken to over 10 million people in live settings and has reached millions more through being featured on popular media outlets like CNN, Fox News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Oprah, Dateline, O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes and numerous others. Darrell Scott has authored three books including the best seller, "Rachel's Tears".
Darrell Scott meets regularly with politicians and educators and is also a keynote speaker at many large educational venues. He met with President Bill Clinton on two occasions and President George W. Bush has written a personal letter recommending Rachel's Challenge. A wide scope of endorsements are available upon request.
In 2005, Rachel's Challenge was awarded the Friends of Education award from the state of New York. The school program, founded by the Scotts, has prevented numerous suicides, drastically reduced bullying and in three known instances in 2007 alone prevented planned school shootings.
For more information on how to have a Rachel's Challenge event at your school or conference, please call 1-877-895-7060.
To learn more about this highly effective program, check out the website, www.rachelschallenge.com