For the 2017-18 school year, the Garrett County Public Schools, through funding with the Local Management Board, will continue to provide Rachel’s Challenge events. This school year events will be provided for three elementary schools, Broad Ford, Grantsville and Friendsville. The elementary events are specifically developed for young elementary students and focus on the five challenges identified by Rachel Joy Scott. From these challenges, the schools can develop clubs for Kindness and Compassion. The grant funding will also provide refresher training for the current Friends of Rachel’s (FOR) Clubs which have been established at the middle and high school levels. The events and training is scheduled for September 12, 13 and 14, 2017.
Rachel's Challenge programs provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for positive climate and culture in our schools. Fully implemented, partner schools achieve statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in bullying, conflict, disruption, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and other discipline and student concerns. Nationwide, every year:
- Over 1.5 million people are involved in Rachel’s Challenge programs.
- More than 1,200 schools and businesses are reached.
- Over 150 suicides are averted.
- Bullying and violence decrease.
- Community service and acts of kindness increase.
Rachel's Challenge exists to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent positive change not only in themselves, but in their schools, their businesses and communities. The objectives of the programs are to continue Rachel's legacy of kindness and compassion and to:
- Help schools and the community to become safer, more connected places to live and learn.
- Stimulate real culture change by actively involving the entire community in the process.
- Change lives by providing culturally relevant social/emotional training.
- Increase achievement and ensure results by engaging the participants’ heart, head and hands in a continuing improvement process.
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