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Cavaliers Embrace Rachel's Challenge
On Tuesday, April 20, 1999, the US experienced is deadliest high school massacre in history in Littleton, Colorado, at Columbine High School. The event claimed the lives of twelve students, one teacher, and the two perpetrators, as well as injured 21 others. The first victim of the rampage was 17-year-old Rachel Joy Scott, who was eating lunch outside of the building on the grass when she was approached and shot by the gunmen. On Monday, November 14, 2011, 9th - 11th grade students at Cuthbertson High School heard the message of "Rachel's Challenge" in an assembly sponsored by Steve Moore Chevrolet and Carolina News Channel 36. Rachel Joy Scott was tragically the first victim of the Columbine massacre, but has also become known as an icon of compassion and kindness for millions who continue to be inspired by her ideals and dreams through an assembly program called "Rachel's Challenge."
Throughout her short life, Rachel Joy Scott was known to reach out to others through acts of kindness and compassion. She wrote her thoughts and ideals in diaries and journals. After her death, many of the thoughts and dreams she wrote about in her journals were made public and have come to serve as inspiration to millions. One of her role models was known to be Anne Frank. Both believed in the power of an act of kindness. Another role model whose ideals she valued was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s. He believed in a chain reaction of good to overcome evil, an ideal which Rachel Scott wrote about in her journal entries. She believed if everyone acted with kindness and compassion it would start a chain reaction of good. Scott's brother, Craig, who was a survivor of the Columbine tragedy, has spoken on Rachel's behalf and continues to urge teens to strive for a "classroom atmosphere of kindness and compassion" to stem school violence.
Her ideals have grown into five main aspects of what has become known as Rachel's Challenge. The five specific challenges are: 1. Look for the best in others. 2. Dream big. 3. Choose positive influences 4. Speak with kindness. 5. Start your own chain reaction. â€œIt was a very inspiring and touching experience that made you think about how your actions can affect others,â€ said junior Brandon Fallick. Junior Jamie Korsch said, â€œIt made me realize how important it is to treat people the right way. Rachel Scott was a good person. If she could do it, everyone else can do it and start a chain reaction.â€ Rachel's Challenge was presented as part of CHS's Anti-Bullying Week Activities. For more information on anti-bullying activities at CHS please contact the counselors in the Guidance Department. For more information on Rachelâ€™s Challenge, visit http://www.rachelschallenge.org/.
Written by: Paula White
Posted: Nov 15, 2011 by Paula White