Kindness, compassion can go a long way

Dr. Howell Wright This Wednesday evening, Oct. 5, Rockdale ISD will present the Rachel’s Challenge program to our community. This is a much anticipated event and we expect that everyone that attends will leave with hope and promise for our students and our community. This program begins at 7 p.m. and pledges to make an impact on all of us.

This program places an emphasis on motivating individuals to start a chain reaction of acts of kindness and compassion. The program is based on the writings and actions of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed at the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. Since Rachel’s message addresses high profile topics such as the prevention of school bullying and suicide we anticipate that our gym and parking lots will be full.

This program is intended to be sustainable over time. High school students and adult leaders will be trained earlier in the day to continue the program’s message throughout the school year. Junior high and high school students will hear a program specific to their ages on Wednesday morning. A Rachel’s Challenge curriculum has been provided for elementary and intermediate students.

Next year Rachel’s Challenge may provide other opportunities for our students to maintain efforts of kindness. RISD is excited about Rachel’s Challenge and views it as one of our many efforts to provide a safe and conducive learning environment for our students.

The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. 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 with positive words, attitudes and actions. This is an hour long event so we will provide free child care in the high school library.

I want to thank our area churches, the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, the Rockdale Rotary Club and the Rockdale Lion’s Club for helping to get the word out about this wonderful event and to the high school’s iTiger program for providing child care. We look forward to seeing you in the Rockdale High School Gym on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

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