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Sussex Tech to host Rachel’s Challenge Program Feb. 26

Parents, guardians, staff and public are invited to attend
Feb 19, 2014
Rachel’s Challenge, based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999, is being presented at Sussex Technical High School Feb. 26. The free program is open to the public at 7 p.m. Sussex Tech students are shown signing the challenge following last year’s assembly.

Sussex Technical High School will host Rachel’s Challenge, Wednesday, Feb. 26, a program to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Several events are planned for students, staff, and parents/guardians.

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Her father began to speak, and used writings and drawings from Rachel’s diaries to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation. Today, more than 30 presenters honor Rachel’s life by reaching the nation with her simple but profound message.

Sussex Tech is presenting Rachel’s Challenge in an effort to create a safe learning environment for all students, to improve academic achievement, to provide students with social/emotional education that is both colorblind and culturally relevant, and to train adults to inspire, equip, and empower students to effect permanent, positive change.

Activities begin with student assemblies scheduled for freshman and sophomores at 9 a.m. and for juniors and seniors at 10:30 a.m. Another presentation will be offered for adults at 7 p.m. Parents, guardians, staff and members of the community are invited to attend.

Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate people to consider relationships with the people they come in contact with every day. Rachel’s Challenge renews hope that life has meaning and purpose. Since the program’s inception, more than 17 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world.

The presentation will take place in the school gymnasium.

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