Working Together to Begin a Chain Reaction in Susquehanna, Pike & Wayne County Schools & Communities
Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel’s Challenge is helping create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact.
Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion.
The programs are based on writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.
Shortly before her death she wrote:
“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.”
- More than 18 million people have been touched by Rachel’s message and more then 2 million are added each year.
- 78% of surveyed students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident after seeing Rachel’s Challenge
- In the last 3 years, Rachel’s Challenge has received nearly 500 unsolicited emails from students stating that after hearing Rachel’s story they reached out for help as they were contemplating suicide.
For more information, visit rachelschallenge.org
Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization based in Littleton, Colorado.
Coming in September! Evening Community Programs
Open to the public :: 7 p.m. :: no charge
Tuesday, 9/10/13 Wallenpaupack High School
Thursday, 9/12/13 Honesdale High School
Wednesday, 9/25/13 Western Wayne High School
Thursday, 9/26/13 Forest City Regional School
Wayne Memorial Hospital; Wayne County Offices of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention; Wayne Highlands, Forest City Regional, Wallenpaupack Area and Western Wayne School Districts