April 21, 2014 at 6:30 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.
Ann Clifton, Athletic Director at Gov. Livingston High School has arranged for Rachel’s Challenge to be brought to Berkeley Heights on April 22 through a grant funded by the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation.
Through powerful presentations, trainings, community events, and professional development, Rachel's Challenge provides the sustainable solution. "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. Rachel's Challenge renews our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Rachel's story gives us permission to start our own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively effects the climate in our schools and communities," said Rachel's Challenge media.
"I am very honored to be able to bring the Rachel's Challenge program to Governor Livingston High School. The Berkeley Heights Education Foundation grant was generously awarded to Governor Livingston and this will afford our community this outstanding program," said Clifton. "I hope that our families will take the time on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. to join us in hearing the wonderful and powerful message that the Rachel's Challenge program will share. We look forward to creating a positive chain reaction in the Berkeley Heights and Mountainside communities in the future."
Rachel’s Challenge provides the sustainable solution for 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.
Community Presentation on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Governor Livingston Auditorium, 175 Watchung Blvd., Berkeley Heights. Open to the public.
Scope of Effectiveness
A few weeks after the tragedy, Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father, spoke to a Congressional House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of school violence. His speech has become one of the most widely read on the internet. Shortly afterwards, he founded “Rachel’s Challenge”, a bullying and violence abatement program. More than 2.5 million students annually experience Rachel’s Challenge and have the opportunity to accept the challenges, modeled after Rachel’s life and writings.
The universal message of kindness and compassion told by Rachel’s story has been heard by students in several other countries. Since inception, over 17 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world, at least eight school shootings have been prevented, and over 500 suicides have been averted. The Scott family and other Rachel’s Challenge certified presenters have reached millions more on popular media outlets like CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Oprah, Dateline, O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes and numerous others. Mr. Scott has also authored three books, including the bestseller “Rachel’s Tears.”
Darrell meets regularly with politicians and educators, and is also a keynote speaker at many large educational venues. He met with President Bill Clinton on two occasions and President George W. Bush has written a personal letter recommending Rachel’s Challenge.
For more information on how to have a Rachel’s Challenge event at your school or conference, please contact us at 877-895-7060, or visit our website at www.rachelschallenge.org.