Rachel’s Challenge is a national program dedicated to instilling attitudes of caring, kindness and respect, instead of bullying, negativity and violence, in schools and communities across the country. The message is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine Shootings in 1999. After her death, Rachel’s father Darrell Scott discovered Rachel’s diaries and writings which focused on a concept of kindness and the chain reaction that one kind act could start. He founded “Rachel’s Challenge” with this message in mind.
Nancy Kondrat, a teacher at Sahuarita High School and leader of the “Do Something Club”, has organized for Rachel’s Challenge to speak to the Sahuarita High School students on August 19. The program includes a school-wide assembly for staff and students, followed by training for a select 100 students to start a Friends of Rachel club. That evening there will be a community presentation that is open to the public. The evening presentation includes an overview of Rachel’s life, including the day it was tragically ended, and her dream to change the world. The content is targeted for community leaders and parents, and as such it is intended for an adult audience only, (or children of high school age and older,) due to the more graphic material presented.
SUSD has invited all Rancho Sahuarita residents and their guests, as well as all members of the Sahuarita community to attend the presentation, held at the Sahuarita Unified School District Auditorium at 6:00 pm.