WACO, Texas — Students at Waco Independent School District got a lesson on how to treat each other on Tuesday, because of Rachel’s Challenge, a nationally recognized non-profit organization.
Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. To honor her after her death, her family started Rachel’s Challenge, an organization that works to eliminate violence, bullying, and peer pressure.
"Aside from being a dad, personally it is probably one of the greatest things I’ve ever done, is being a part of Rachel’s Challenge because you get to see the impact it has,” Jim Kennedy said. “It really is an instant gratification that she touches with this message and kids really cling to that."
Students at Tennyson Middle School got the chance to hear Rachel’s story and learn more about how they can apply peer pressure and bullying challenges to their own lives.
"You can take 10 seconds away from your day and give somebody a compliment, a hug, a high five or a pat on the back. I've experienced getting a compliment from a teacher or a fellow student. No matter what mood you are in that can always bring up your mood," eighth-grade student Anna Hogue said.
The principal at Tennyson Middle School said last year a teacher wrote a grant through Waco ISD's education foundation for someone from Rachel’s Challenge to speak after hearing that students were being negative toward one another.
"It really takes everyone in the community to make a difference," Principal Matt Rambo said. "It’s one thing to talk about it, but it’s another thing to take action. This is a very easy way where everybody can make a positive impact with an act of kindness."
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