Rachel's Challenge @ Knoch
September 3, 2019
As you may be aware, students at the South Butler County School District will be introduced to the Rachel’s Challenge program. The premise of the program is kindness and seeing good in classmates. Rachel’s Challenge was founded by Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Scott. Rachel was the first victim to be killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Before her death, Rachel was a student who reached out to include and help others and who wrote extensively about her hope that small acts of kindness could change the world. The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in his/her school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion
Next week on September 9, 10 and 11, 2019, the South Butler County School District will be hosting “Rachel’s Challenge” for all students and parents. Students will engage with the program during assemblies throughout the school day, and parents are invited to participate in the evening Community Nights, following the schedule listed below:
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Rachel’s Challenge at the South Butler Primary School
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Rachel’s Challenge at the South Butler Intermediate Elementary School
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Rachel’s Challenge for the PM Kindergarteners
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Rachel’s Challenge – 9th and 10th grade
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Rachel’s Challenge – 11th and 12th grade
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. FOR (Friends of Rachel) Club Training – HS Student Leaders
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Community Event – High School Auditorium (**The presentation will be repeated on September 11th**)
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Rachel’s Challenge – 6th grade
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Rachel’s Challenge – 7th and 8th grade
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. FOR (Friends of Rachel) Club Training – MS Student Leaders
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Community Event – High School Auditorium (**This is the same presentation that was provided on the previous night – September 10th)
It is important to remember that the elementary students will see a completely different presentation than the high school students. Within the elementary presentation, there is no mention of the Columbine tragedy. The program for our 7-12 students includes powerful imagery from the Columbine tragedy and a verbal description from Rachel’s brother who survived. This aspect of the program provides context for the program. Please take the time to watch the video by clicking here: https://vimeo.com/50098099
While this is a great opportunity for all of our students, we are also very much aware that not all parents/guardians may feel that this presentation is appropriate for their child. Therefore, we are providing all parents with the ability to opt-out. If you would like to opt-out your son or daughter, please return this letter with the reverse side completed. All students who opt-out will report to an alternative location during the assembly time.
All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend one of the Community Nights, but due to the nature of the material, it is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Babysitting will be provided in the High School Legacy Learning Commons (High School Library) by members of the Knoch High School Student Council.
David Foley, Ed.D.