Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. Immediately after the tragedy, her father Darrell began to speak around the U.S. and used writings and drawings from Rachel’s many diaries to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate world.
On Thursday Rachel’s sister, Dana, visited Middle School as part of the Advisory Program, her aim in speaking to our children was to equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in our school, home and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Dana quoted Rachel in saying ‘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.’ The students learnt during the assembly, and for some of them later in the day in a workshop, that building a caring atmosphere within school, just as in the wider world, is a responsibility of all members of the community.
Dana left us with 5 challenges to help us on our way; these were:
- Look for the best in others.
- Dream big.
- Choose positive influences.
- Speak with kindness.
- Start your own chain reaction.
We thank Rachel’s Challenge for the inspirational afternoon they spent with us.