Community invited to SCHS to hear about “Rachel’s Challenge”


A very special presentation will be held tomorrow night (Friday, May 22nd) in the gymnasium of Switzerland County High School.

“Rachel’s Challenge” is a community event that exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion.

“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. Through her example, “Rachel’s Challenge” is making a positive impact on the lives of millions of people every year.

Everyone is invited to come and hear the inspiring true story of one girl’s dream being fulfilled over a decade after her death. This presentation is a powerful reminder of the little things people can do every day to make this world a better place.

School and community officials bring “Rachel’s Challenge” into their schools because of escalating problems such as: bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence, and increased disciplinary actions.

A few weeks after the tragedy, Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, spoke to a Congressional House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of school violence. He speech has become one of the most widely read on the Internet.

Shortly after, he founded “Rachel’s Challenge” a bullying and violence abatement program. More than 2.5 million students annually experience the program and have the opportunity to accept the challenges, modeled after Rachel’s life.

The program here in Switzerland County is free and open to the public, and it is being made possible here by the Community Foundation of Switzerland County.