WRHS to accept Rachels Challenge
April 30, 2009 · Updated 4:58 PM
White River High School students will be given the opportunity Friday to accept Rachels Challenge.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Colorados Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Her challenge, presented through her family, is to make permanent, positive, cultural changes in their schools and communities by accepting the challenge to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
Before her death, Rachel wrote an essay titled My Ethics, My Codes of Life.
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, she wrote. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.
Her father, Darrell Scott, said it wasnt a theory, it was something Rachel had been practicing for years.
Her family also found, behind a dresser, a place where Rachel had outlined her hand prints and wrote, These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will some day touch millions of peoples hearts.
In a short time, Rachels Challenge has reached 5 million people around the world. Her story and her challenge have been featured on Oprah, Larry King Live and the Today Show.
Michelle Martinez, who with her fellow White River Prevention Team members are overseeing the project, said the assembly and the follow-up program is said to be incredibly powerful.
The kids are pumped up about this, Martinez said. Theres a real cultural change occuring in our community.
White River students are the driving force behind the assembly, Martinez said, This is something SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), Diversity Club, DECA and Key Club wanted to do.
White Rivers DECA organization is footing the bill for half the assembly. The other half is covered by a grant through Pierce County, a process that started two years ago.
There will be two one-hour assemblies for the White River High student body and 60 additional students will get in-depth training to plan more activities. To ensure the programs impact, schools are provided curriculum and training manual as follow up.
The Prevention Team is also providing an opportunity for parents and community members to participate with a program at 7 p.m. Friday in the high schools theater. A reception period will be provided at 6:30 p.m.
Reach Brenda Sexton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-802-8206.