Rachel's Challenge Celebration May 2011

Rachel's Legacy set for Aug. 30 at GCHS

More than 3,100 Graves County Schools’ students in grades K-8 last May celebrated the school district’s year-long answer to Rachel’s Challenge. It all began Sept. 2, 2010, with presentations from traveling speaker Darrell Scott. He is the father of Rachel Joy Scott, the first fatal victim in the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colo. She left behind journals that spoke of her belief that she would influence the world in a positive way. The programs her family has created since her death are designed to further goals she outlined in her writings. In response to the program presented a year ago, Rachel’s Challenge, Graves County students have formed Friends of Rachel and/or Kindness and Compassion clubs. Rachel’s Legacy follows up with five key points: They are to appreciate others (tell them, write them), respond to needs, be a first initiator (of positive communication), be a ‘see-througher’ (distinguishing respecting vs. inspecting), and forgiving yourself and others. Darrell Scott returns to the Eagles’ Nest to present Rachel’s Legacy Tuesday, Aug. 30. He’ll speak to groups of students and teachers during the day and then will address the public at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
(Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

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