Holy Rosary School to participate in Rachel’s Challenge Feb. 8

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Students, faculty and parents at Holy Rosary School in Edmonds are ready to start a chain reaction with Rachel’s Challenge, and everyone in the Edmonds community is invited to participate.

During the school day on Feb. 8, all Holy Rosary students, staff and administration will participate in this anti-bullying program with two assembles, each specifically designed with age appropriateness messages to motive students to change for the better the way they treat others. Students who accept Rachel’s Challenge will have the opportunity to sign banners affirming their commitment, which will be displayed prominently at Holy Rosary School. The program also includes an interactive training session involving both adult and student leaders. The training demonstrates ways to sustain the positive momentum created by the student assembles.

That evening, the certified Rachel’s Challenge speaker will conduct a powerful session with parents and the community. The evening presentation will be similar to the student assembly and ends with a specific challenge to parents and to community members showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their youth are making. All Edmonds residents are invited to learn how they can help contribute to healthier, safe neighborhood and school climates for all children.

Rachel’s Challenge is a comprehensive multimedia program designed to curb neighborhood and school bullying while inspiring a positive, inviting school-wide culture. The presentations are based on the life and writings of Rachel Scott, who was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion, coupled with the contents of her six diaries, are the foundation of Rachel’s Challenge.

When she was alive, Rachel wrote in an essay: “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.” In loving memory, her family has started a program for schools and communities focusing on spreading kindness and reducing violence around the nation. Entertainers, politicians, sports celebrities, educators and even two presidents of the United States have been impacted by Rachel’s Challenge, according to the program’s website.

Dr. Kathleen Carr, Holy Rosary Principal, explains the idea for bringing Rachel’s Challenge “was based on the positive experiences of other schools.” The program was funded through a Hazel Miller Foundation grant.

Holy Rosary School is located at 770 Aloha St.

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