The FHS Ninth Grade Center hosted an educational and inspirational event last Wednesday called Rachel’s Challenge where the story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, was shared with more than 700 students.
The FHS NGC welcomed Rachel’s Challenge to help create a school climate less susceptible to harassment, bullying and violence. Former Texas Tech football player and spokesman for Rachel’s Challenge Cody Hodges spoke to the students twice during the school day at 9:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. followed with a community event later that evening at 6:30 p.m. Check out the video from the morning below.
This was the second year in a row Rachel’s Challenge was presented to the NGC student body. Rachel’s Challenge began after her death when many of her classmates reached out to the Scott family to share their stories about her simple acts of kindness and the affect she had on other students’ lives, even preventing one young man from taking his own life.
The family soon realized the transformational effect of their daughter’s story and started the non-profit organization that lives today.
The mission of the organization is to make schools safer, where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect, and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest. More than 1.5 million people are involved in Rachel’s Challenge programs today and also has created a reduction in bullying, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
To learn more about Rachel Joy Scott and her story, visit the Rachel’s Challenge website.