Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999. Thirteen people lost their lives that day, and the world witnessed what bullying could lead to. Rachel made an impact in the lives of many during her life by showing kindness and compassion, but even after death she is changing the lives of people across the world.
"Rachel believed that her life was going to impact the world and touch the hearts of millions of people."
Shortly after her death, her father, Darrell Scott, found an essay that Rachel had written entitled “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”. In her essay she challenged her reader twice to start a “chain reaction of kindness” by helping others. After reading her essay, Darrell and his wife created the Rachel’s Challenge program based on Rachel’s writings and have since gone around the world honoring their daughter’s life. It is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization dedicated to advancing with integrity the primary mission of equipping and empowering students and adults to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business, and community.
Sabine Federal Credit Union made the first step in starting a chain reaction by making a corporate donation to fund the program for all six high schools in Orange County: Vidor High School, Community Christian School and St. Mary Catholic School, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, West Orange-Stark High School, Bridge City High School, and Orangefield High School.
Each school had a full day of assemblies. The first assembly was held in the morning and included all of the student body and staff. The morning assembly explained Rachel’s story and taught the students how to treat others with kindness. Then, 100 select students from the school attended a separate assembly, the Friends of Rachel training session, and were trained on how to keep the “chain reaction of kindness” going throughout the school year. A community event was scheduled for the same evening. This event also explained Rachel’s story and gave parents the opportunity to hear the story and get ideas on how they could get involved.
In the Rachel’s Challenge program, five challenges are given to listeners that come directly from Rachel’s diaries and writings:
Thousands of students and parents in Orange County have already accepted Rachel’s Challenge. If you haven’t accepted Rachel’s Challenge, Sabine Federal Credit Union encourages YOU to join with the others and accept Rachel’s five challenges. Together, we can transform the community.
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