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Rachel's Challenge - November 9, 2015

Last Updated on Nov 4, 2015 at 8:30am | Public Information Office

Rachel’s Challenge is coming to Garrett County on Monday, November 9th.  Rachel’s Challenge will be introduced at an assembly for students in both high schools in the morning.  According to Rachel’s Challenge officials, the day will start with two 60-minute programs covering the entire school body, faculty, and staff at each school. Students will briefly be brought back to the events at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. While the tragedy adds context to the story, the presentation will focus on Rachel Scott. The focus is on how Rachel lived her life, the legacy that she left in her diaries, and an incredibly profound essay entitled "My Ethics, My Codes of Life".  In this essay, she talks about making a difference in the lives of others by doing the "little things", and she believed that in doing so she could start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. True stories will be shared about people whom Rachel had impacted deeply just by doing the little things. Students will be challenged in a variety of areas from eliminating prejudice, guarding their influences, and setting big goals for their life.  Most of these things come as nothing new to the students, however in the context of Rachel's story, they take on a much deeper meaning.
 
The assembly will close with a very personal, emotional challenge for everyone in the audience. The emotional impact will create an environment of compassion where all students receive support from others. Reaching the hearts of the students is essential; many are inspired, moved, and now want to do something, and that's where the “FOR Club” comes in.  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.
 
Click here to view a brief "Rachel's Challenge Introduction Video".
 
Support for Rachel's Challenge includes funding through the Local Management Board in cooperation with a grant from the Governor's Office for Children.
 
Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit organization and information can be found at www.rachelschallenge.org .