Students at Broadway Academy take on “Rachel’s Challenge”


SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WETM) — Rachel’s Challenge returned to Broadway Academy this year to promote kindness, and spread the message of respect to others.

Rachel’s Challenge is a national nonprofit dedicated to making schools more connected places where bullying and isolation are replaced with kindness and respect.

The challenge is based on the life and writing of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy. Rachel often wrote in her diary about the impact she wanted to make on the world. She also wrote messages of positivity, and kindness.

The objective of the challenge is to motivate and equip students and staff to start and sustain a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools and communities.

There was a one-hour student presentation that explained Rachel’s life and what she stood for. After the presentation, students were welcomed to join the FOR Club or “Friends of Rachel” Club, where students practice acts of kindness throughout the school year. Even 20 years after her death, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day.

For more information on Rachel’s Challenge, visit the website here.

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