Rachel’s Challenge, a program based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott, came to Sherwood Sept. 4.
Rachel was the first victim of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, those who were picked on by others or those who were new at her school. Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with respect, kindness and compassion. Rachel’s story provided Sherwood students with simple, yet powerful examples of how small acts of kindness and acceptance can make a huge difference in everyday life.
Three powerful presentations took place for Sherwood’s kindergarten through 12th grade students, the faculty and the community. Counselors and administration from Warrensburg, Adrian, Alma, Midway and Drexel schools were amongst the visitors that came to hear the message. In addition to the assemblies, 100 sixth-12th grade students received a 90-minute training on how they, as students, can keep Rachel’s message alive throughout the Sherwood community beyond the day of the assemblies. Sherwood students are being encouraged to start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, with the ultimate goal being to positively affect the climate in the school and community.
More than 2.5 million students worldwide annually experience Rachel’s Challenge and have had the opportunity to accept the following challenges: 1) Look for the best in others. 2) Dream big. 3) Choose positive influences. 4) Speak with kindness. 5) Start your own chain reaction.
Any area businesses or organizations interested in partnering with Sherwood schools in accepting Rachel’s Challenge are encouraged to contact Tara Carter or Megan Lewis at 660-499-2239. Friends of Rachel (FOR) Clubs are starting this week in the middle and high schools.