Rachel’s Challenge Community Event: A Challenge of Kindness

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Rachel’s Challenge Community Event

Sometimes it is hard to remember to be patient and kind, especially in rushed, everyday encounters. Rachel’s Challenge, an active group within Delaware Valley High School, hopes to inspire people in the area to treat those around them with kindness, compassion and respect through a community event on January 26.

Rachel’s Challenge is a program that highlights the negative effects of bullying and violence, and encourages students to practice acts of kindness, big and small, in their everyday lives. It is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, a victim of the Columbine shootings. Rachel’s cheerful personality and positive attitude was well known at her school and the writings she left behind detailed her compassion for others. Rachel’s Challenge was started by Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, and the group has been adopted by high schools all over the world.

“Rachel’s Challenge is the most viewed assembly in America’s middle and high schools,” said Delaware Valley School District Superintendent John Bell. “It is all about creating a kinder, more thoughtful environment. This assembly’s goal is to inspire our students to be more like Rachel.”

Rachel’s Challenge started at Delaware Valley eight years ago, and has held events and presentations within the school, including the annual Candy-Grams fundraiser and Go Orange Day. The upcoming even will be one of its largest to date. Members, advisers and coordinators are excited to share Rachel’s message with the school and community.

“I think it will be really nice to see and experience. I’m excited to see how people will react to it,” said group member Chris Shivers.

The presentation, that runs for an hour, discusses Rachel’s life and her ideas about starting a chain reaction of kindness. Stories of the people she has impacted are shared, and the assembly closes with a direct challenge of kindness to the audience.

“The main purpose of the event is to make both students and community members aware of the initiative behind Rachel’s Challenge,” said adviser Danielle Giordano. “Hopefully, this will encourage them to create a chain reaction of kindness.”

The program starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Delaware Valley High School auditorium. All are welcome, however, the recommended audience is sixth grade and up, as some material may be unsuitable for younger children.

“I am very excited that we are bringing Rachel’s Challenge back to Delaware Valley High School. Rachel is truly an inspiration and anyone who views this presentation will be touched. It is my hope that we, as a school district and community, keep Rachel’s legacy alive by starting a chain reaction of kindness,” said event coordinator Diana Bixby. “It only takes one person to make a difference in the life of another. I hope that many of our students and our community members will attend this important presentation.”

Rachel’s Challenge Community Event
January 28, 2015, 7 p.m.
Delaware Valley High School Auditorium
Milford, Pennsylvania

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Sasha Hupka is a Senior at Delaware Valley High School in Milford, Pennsylvania. A talented journalist, she has written extensively for MilfordNow, focusing on DVHS, as well as Business pieces. Hupka also writes for DV's school paper.

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