What is Rachel's Challenge?

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PHOENIX - School violence and incidents of bullying are reported on in the media frequently, so KTVK-3TV wanted to get involved and also report on the positive acts of kindness taking place in the community.

Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for a school program across the United States.

A few weeks after the tragedy Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father, spoke to a Congressional House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of school violence.

Shortly after he founded “Rachel’s Challenge”, a program that brings awareness to bullying and violence to the community through a variety of ways.

Rachel’s Challenge not only has a program for high school students, but also elementary schools too. The program offers age-appropriate challenges and activities for all ages.

The universal message of kindness and compassion drawn from Rachel’s life and writings has been heard by millions, not only in the states, but also in several other countries.

In 2005, Rachel’s Challenge was awarded the Friends of Education award from New York. The program has prevented numerous suicides, drastically reduced bullying and in three known instances in 2007 alone prevented a planned school shooting.

KTVK-3TV has adopted the challenge and through their partnership with the organization, will help spread the program here in Arizona. 3TV plans to highlight stories of acts of kindness within the community and help schools and local business participate in Rachel’s Challenge.

To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge you can contact Kasey Gilliam at 877.895.7060 (x710) or kasey@rachelschallenge.org.

Also please check out azfamily.com for more on how you can become involved in Rachel’s Challenge here in Arizona.