Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Intercultural and Women's Centers will host "Rachel's Challenge" at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. The public is invited.
Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying, and to allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Scott left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others or who were new at her school.
"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," wrote Scott in one of her many articles on anti-bullying. "People will never know how far a little kindness can go."
Rachel's Challenge was started by Rachel's father and stepmother, Darrell and Sandy Scott. They both realized that their daughter's writings and drawings not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world.