RISD to participate in ‘Rachel’s Challenge’

Dr. Howell Wright

This past June, in one of my weekly articles I introduced Rachel’s Challenge as an inspiring program for students and adults. On Wednesday, Oct. 5 Rockdale ISD will bring the Rachel’s Challenge program to our school district. The program is based on the premises of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999.

Rachel was a young lady that believed that “if one person goes out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of positive events”. In her journal and on her assignments she wrote how people can make a difference in the lives of others. Following her death her father read her writings and decided to carry her message to others. Today, the Rachel’s Challenge Program is heard all over the world in schools and corporate settings.

The objectives of Rachel’s Challenge for schools is to:

• Create a safe learning environment for all students by reestablishing civility and delivering proactive anecdotes to school violence and bullying.

• Improve academic achievement by engag ing st udents’ hearts, heads and hands in the learning process.

• Provide students with social/ emotional education that is both respective of all ethnic groups and culturally relevant.

• Train adults to inspire, equip and empower students to affect permanent positive change. The program will begin on Oct. 5 with Rockdale Junior High students learning about Rachel’s Challenge in an assembly. Following the junior high, the high school students will participate in a separate program and they will be asked to accept Rachel’s Challenge.

Later, groups of high school students will be trained to focus to inspire, equip and to empower students to make a positive difference in their world.

The culmination of the day’s activities will be a communitywide event that begins at 7 p.m. in the Rockdale High School Gym. The program is about an hour long and promises to stir your heart.

The district has communicated with most of our area pastors in an effort to invite church congregations to participate in the evening’s activities. Rockdale ISD is asking our community for support and help as we come together to create the desire for encouraging change and to respond to life w ith positive words, attitudes, and actions.

We look forward to seeing you in the Rockdale High School Gym on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

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