"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 Joy Scott, the inspiration for “Rachel’s Challenge.”
is inviting members of the community to a public presentation of “Rachel’s Challenge” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school. The program seeks to help students learn to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion.
Assistant Principal Shirley Kleehammer said the presentation will help promote Old Quarry Middle School’s theme this year: “Be kind, Be compassionate, and Be respectful.” The school enlisted the support of Old Quarry PTO and the Lemont Education Foundation to bring Rachel’s Challenge to the school on Sept. 11, Kleehammer said.
The program will be presented to students at two morning assemblies, followed by a student training session in the afternoon and the community presentation at 7 p.m.
What is "Rachel's Challenge?
Rachel’s Challenge was inspired by the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, a 17-year-old student who was among the 13 victims of the school shootings in Columbine, Colorado, in 1999. According to the Rachel’s Challenge website (www.rachelschallenge.org), the program has been presented to more than 17 million people since Darrell Scott founded the organization in honor of his daughter.
According to the group’s website, the program's objectives are to:
- Create a safe learning environment for all students by re-establishing civility and delivering proactive antidotes to school violence and bullying.
- Improve academic achievement by engaging students' hearts, heads and hands in the learning process.
- Provide students with social/emotional education that is culturally relevant.
- Train adults to inspire, equip and empower students to affect permanent positive change.
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