Four District Middle Schools to host Rachel’s Challenge Program

Rachel’s Challenge, a national program that promotes kindness, compassion and character among students, will be presented at four district middle schools during the month of January.

The program will be held at Southern Delaware School of the Arts and Selbyville Middle School on Wednesday, January 14 and at Georgetown Middle School and Millsboro Middle School on Thursday, January 15. Students in Grades 6-8 at each school will attend this special assembly.

In addition, the public is invited to a special community presentation of Rachel’s Challenge on January 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

Rachel’s Challenge was created in honor of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion, along with the contents of her six diaries, have become the foundation for this life-changing program.

The one-hour program features powerful audio/video footage of Rachel’s life. Its purpose is to motivate students to make positive changes in the way they treat others. The school-wide presentation is followed by a 45-minute training session involving adult and student leaders. This session will teach students how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. Rachel’s Challenge also offers a year-long curriculum titled Friends of Rachel (FOR) that includes additional training for students and activities that continue the chain reaction of kindness.

The evening presentation on January 15 will be similar to the school-wide assembly. It will present a specific challenge to parents and community leaders and show them how to reinforce the decisions their children are making.

Approximately 1.75 million students experienced Rachel’s Challenge in 2008. To learn more about the program, visit @link href='http://www.rachelschallenge.com'target="_blank">www.rachelschallenge.com/link.

David Maull
dmaull@irsd.k12.de.us
Indian River School District

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