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“You Just May Start A Chain Reaction”
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Partnering with Rachel’s Challenge
September 2010 kicks off a new school year for students in Greenwich and Schuylerville, but this time the healthy rivalry will feel a little different. Thanks to the generosity of John Hedbring, President of the Fort Miller Group Inc, students in both districts will experience Rachel’s Challenge – a powerful program encouraging students to act with compassion thereby starting a chain reaction of kindness. Both districts hope this message will create a bridge between the students of Greenwich and Schuylerville, forging a sense of responsibility and community. As a result, schools should see a decrease in bullying and an increase in displays of character and peer advocacy. This powerful program has the ability to shift the culture of our schools. The Rachel’s Challenge presentations will be a joint effort between the Greenwich and Schuylerville Central School Districts. Schuylerville will host the presentations for the 3rd-8th grades on September 27th and 28th. Greenwich will host the presentations for the 9th-12th grades on September 29th. There will be 2 presentations for the general public, 1 in Schuylerville on the evening of September 28th and 1 in Greenwich on the evening of September 29th.
Who Is Rachel Scott?
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her brother, Craig, was in the library that day and lost two close friends and narrowly escaped death himself. He was the only student at Columbine who was in the library, the worst of the killing zone, and also lost a sibling. Rachel’s acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for the most life-changing school program in America.
Powerful audio/video footage of Rachel’s Challenge holds students spell-bound during a one-hour school presentation that motivates them to positive change in the way they treat others. This is followed by a 45-minute training session involving both teachers and students. This is an interactive session that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. That evening the Rachel’s Challenge speaker conducts a powerful session for parents and community leaders.
What is Rachel’s Challenge?
A few weeks after the tragedy Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father, spoke to a Congress House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of school violence. His speech has become one of the most widely read on the internet. Shortly afterwards he founded “Rachel’s Challenge”, a non-violence school program. Since it’s beginning and through 2005 over 400,000 students have heard the Rachel’s Challenge presentation. In 2006 more than 475,000 students will have experienced Rachel’s Challenge and had the opportunity to accept the challenges, modeled after Rachel’s life and writings. The universal message of kindness and compassion told by Rachel’s story has been heard by students in several other countries. The number of requests to present Rachel’s Challenge to students, parents, and educators continues to increase. This year the number of students to hear Rachel’s story will be 1,000,000. Mr. Scott has spoken to over 5 million people in live settings, and has reached millions more through being featured on popular media outlets like CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Oprah, Dateline, O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, and numerous others. Mr. Scott has also authored three books including the best seller “Rachel’s Tears.” Darrell meets regularly with state level politicians and educators, and is also a keynote speaker at many large educational venues. President George W. Bush has written a personal letter recommending Rachel’s Challenge. A wide scope of endorsements are available upon request.
In 2005, Rachel’s Challenge was awarded the Friends of Education award from the state of New York. The school program founded by Mr. Scott has prevented numerous suicides, drastically reduced bullying, and in three known instances prevented a planned school shooting.