After the death of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shooting, her family quickly learned about the positive impact she had on people around her. Through personal stories and entries found in Rachel’s journals, her family was motivated to develop what has become one of the largest intervention programs in the United States.
On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, students at Blott Guy PK-6 will learn about Rachel’s story through age-appropriate programming and be challenged to use kind words and do kind things, as well as accept and include others.
Students in grades K-3 will participate in the Link Up! presentation, which introduces them to Rachel Scott and her challenge to reach out to others with deliberate acts of kindness. The presentation is a fun, energetic, interactive assembly that mixes music, video and activities to tell her story. Students will learn about a young girl named Rachel; however they will not hear or see footage related to the Columbine tragedy or her death.
After the Link Up! Presentation, K-3 students will be challenged to do the following:
Students in grades 4-6 will participate in the Rachel’s Story presentation, which introduces them to Rachel Scott’s story and her challenge to deliberately reach out to others with kindness. Rachel’s story is told through the eyes of her family. The Columbine tragedy is introduced at an intensity that is age appropriate. Her story shows the profound positive impact students can have on those around them by simply paying attention to the little things they do and say every day. Rachel’s story encourages participants to consider their own behavior.
After the Rachel’s Story presentation, students will be challenged to do the following:
On Thursday, October 10, 2019, students at Guy Jr. High and Liberty High School will also learn the story of Rachel Joy Scott and be challenged to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion in an effort to make Liberty Schools and the community safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect.
Students in grades 7-12 will participate in the Rachel’s Challenge presentation, which shares the inspiring story of Rachel Scott whose example of kindness and acceptance was brought to light when she became the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy. Conveyed through stories from Rachel's life and writings, the Rachel's Challenge presentation shows the profound positive impact we can have on those around us. It demonstrates to the listener the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to others to start what Rachel called "a chain reaction of kindness and compassion."
Throughout the year, the elementary students will participate in kindness groups. While approximately 100 students at the junior high and high school will act as leaders of change within the building.
At the conclusion of the program, students in grades 7-12 will be challenged to do the following:
Look for the best in others
Choose positive influences
Speak with kindness
Start your own chain reaction
At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, the school district will further explain Rachel’s Challenge to families. The assembly will take place in the high school auditorium. Due to the nature of the discussions, it is recommended that parents only bring children who are 13 and older.