Rachel's Challenge - Creating Safe School Environments

Last Updated on Oct 20, 2015 at 5:07pm

Rachel's Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments where learning and teaching are maximized. Based on the life and writing of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy in 1999, Rachel's Challenge provides a continuous improvement process designed to awaken the learner in every child. The program motivates and equips students to start and sustain a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools and communities.

Research indicates that schools implementing Rachel's Challenge with high fidelity achieve outstanding results. In 2013, Rachel's Challenge commissioned Multi-Dimensional Education (MDed) to conduct an independent third-party assessment to validate the results of its programs.

Rachel's Challenge provides a sustainable evidence-based, evidence-driven improvement process. Schools achieve statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate, along with reductions in bullying, alcohol/tobacco and other drug use.

The following data have been provided by schools and districts conducting their own analysis of the Rachel's Challenge process:
47% reduction in disciplinary referrals, Middle School, WA;
13% increase feedback related to school safety and respect, Middle School, GA;
53% reduction in disciplinary referrals, Middle School, GA;
9% increase in feedback related to school safety and respect, District, IL;
84% reduction in disciplinary referrals, Elementary, TX;
7% increase in feedback related to school safety and respect, District, TX;
5% increase in reading skills, Elementary, TX

Rachel's Challenge receives thousands of unsolicited emails, letters and phone calls annually from students, parents, social and mental health professionals, and educators. Some of the highlights are:
More than 100 suicides or other violent acts averted annually;
123,000 documented acts of kindness in 12 elementary schools in one year;
Over 450,000 Facebook friends with positive posts daily;
Thousands of Friends of Rachel service clubs (FOR Clubs) serving their schools and communities;
Seven known potential school shootings averted since the program started;
Thousands of testimonials from students, parents, social workers and educators.

On Monday, November 9, 2015, Rachel’s Challenge program will be introduced at an assembly for students in both high schools in the morning. In the afternoon, Friends of Rachel’s (FOR) Clubs will be formed in the high schools. Parents and community members are invited to attend an hour long Rachel’s Challenge presentation in the evening of November 9th beginning at 6:30 PM. The community presentations will be held concurrently in the auditoriums of both high schools. Representatives of Rachel’s Challenge will be on hand to introduce the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Rachel's Challenge Community Event
Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit organization, and information can be found at www.rachelschallenge.org .
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