Learn Compassion at ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ Assembly at St. Francis School Monday


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Burien’s St. Francis of Assisi School will be presenting an assembly on Monday, Jan. 28 called “Rachel’s Challenge.”

“Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion,” according to an announcement. “This program was created to honor Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. At an early age she set her goal to show small acts of kindness and acceptance to everyone, every day. Her inspirational example and writings have influenced thousands of students to recommit to acts of kindness and compassion.”

According to the Rachel’s Challenge website:

Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel’s Challenge is helping create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact.

Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Rachel’s Challenge was started by Rachel’s dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her “ups and downs,” she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.

Here’s a video explanation of what this assembly will be about:

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St. Francis of Assisi School is located at 15216 21st Avenue SW; (206) 243-5690; website: http://stfoa.org/school/

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