When Midlakes High School Principal Frank Bai-Rossi invited the Rachel’s Challenge program to present at his school on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, he knew the messages would have an impact.
“What I’ve seen has really come to fruition,” he said. “We’re seeing kids be kinder to each other. I’ve seen kids go out of their way to help each other and I’ve seen kids just being excited about the vibe that’s in the building.”
The challenge, named in memory of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed that fateful day of April 20, 1999, in Colorado, promotes the kind ideas Scott had and her plans to make a difference in the world.
After her death, her family was approached by many people, talking of how Scott treated them with respect and the impact she had on them.
A few weeks after her funeral, her father Darrell found diaries in her room that revealed what his 17-year-old daughter called her ethics and code of life, promoting honesty, compassion and looking for the best in everyone.