Baker Sixth Grade Campus will help spread the word about the importance of kindness and compassion by hosting Rachel's Challenge on Sept. 12.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed during the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Her brother, Craig, was in the library that day, and he also lost two close friends and narrowly escaped death himself.
Their father, Darrell Scott, started Rachel's Challenge shortly after his daughter's death. Her acts of kindness and compassion, coupled with the contents of her six diaries, have become the foundation for the Rachel's Challenge program.
The program offers students a simple challenge: treat others with kindness and compassion and you just may change the world in which you live. "You just might start a chain reaction" was Rachel's hope for those who take on this challenge.
Baker students will attend the presentation during the school day, and parents and community leaders are invited to a session at 6 p.m. that evening.
"We are looking forward to having Rachel's Challenge at Baker," said principal Camilla Whitlock. "This presentation will support positive interactions not only at Baker but throughout our community."
A few weeks after the Columbine tragedy, Scott spoke to a Congressional House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of school violence and then began the bullying and violence abatement program in memory of his daughter. Since then, more than 1.5 million students annually have had the chance to learn about Rachel's Challenge, which is modeled after her life and writings.
Since 2000, the Scott family and other Rachel's Challenge certified presenters have spoken to over 15 million people in live settings and have reached millions more through coverage on CNN, Fox News, "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Larry King Live," "Oprah," "Dateline," "O'Reilly Factor," "Hannity and Colmes" and numerous other programs. Scott has also authored three books, including the best seller "Rachel's Tears."
For more information on the Baker event, please contact the campus at 281-604-6800.