Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel Scott was the first person to be killed at the Columbine massacre that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. The six diaries she wrote prior to the massacre explain her compassion, the loving character she was , and have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing programs in America Rachel’s life contained powerful video and audio footage that are shared throughout this presentation and motivates people to change the way they think and the way they treat others. Just by telling the story of Rachel Scott, how she lived, and the way she treated others so kindly has created an impact on millions of people worldwide. This is followed by a separate interactive 90 minute training session involving both adult and student leaders that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. The assembly creates the want to or desire for positive change. The training session teaches the how to and ensures that the positive impact will continue. The Rachel’s Challenge speaker conducts a powerful session with parents and community leaders. This session ends with a specific challenge to parents and community leaders, showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their youth are making. Entertainers, politicians, sports celebrities, educators, and even two Presidents of the United States have been impacted by Rachel’s Challenge. However, students are the target audience and they have proven that they will respond with positive words, attitudes, and actions. Our school and the way we think about life will never be the same after experiencing Rachel’s Challenge. Dimond’s main purpose for bringing the Rachel’s Challenge presentation to our school is to teach social and emotional learning skills. “The goal is to make Dimond a better school,” says Christine Fisher, a teacher at Dimond. If students feel safe and are treated better from their peers, then it would make our school a better learning environment and allow students the opportunity to learn better and enjoy doing it. “We want to make Dimond a more welcoming, compassionate school,” says Kristen Melican, a teacher at Dimond. Another main goal to achieve from experiencing Rachel’s Challenge is a chain reaction. This means that the message will sink in to many students in our school, and it is each and every students duty to pass the message on to their friends and family. They need to let them know that it is not a joke or anything to forget about. It is a message to treat others kindly and make schools a friendly place for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully this chain reaction will continue until everyone has heard the inspirational story of Rachel Scott and how she has changed the world and the way we look at it. Dimond plans on creating a class related to social and emotional learning that will hopefully help children develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts nonviolently, and make responsible decisions. Everyone should have the chance to see how Rachel experienced life. To see how she lived life to the fullest and was kind to every person she met. She reached out to people she had never met before just to say hi, or to introduce herself and give everyone the chance to have friends and enjoy life. This is a passage from Rachel Scott’s essay titled: My Ethics, My Codes of Life, “I am sure that my codes of life may be very different from yours, but how do you know that trust, compassion, and beauty will not make this world a better place to be in and this life a better one to live? My codes may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached, but test them for yourself, and see the kinds of effect they have in the lives of people around you. You just may start a chain reaction.”