With news seemingly dominated with violent incidents people may be worried about bullying, school violence, suicide or other issues affecting our schools.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, South Carroll High School will be hosting a program that addresses all of these issues in a very unique way, challenging participants to treat others respectfully and promoting chain reactions of kindness.
The program, known as Rachel's Challenge, is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott. Scott was the first victim of the Columbine shooting in 1999. Shortly after Rachel's death, her father Darrell Scott developed the program described as a bullying and violence abatement program. Since its inception, more than 17 million people have heard Rachel's story in live settings around the world. According to the Scott family in their press documents, eight school shootings and 500 suicides have been prevented as a result of the program.
Jennifer Brauer, a school counselor at South Carroll, said students will experience the program during the day and parents and community members will have the same experience in the evening at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The evening program will run for 60 minutes. The presenter will talk to the audience, show videos, do some interactive questions, and challenge the audience to do something out of their comfort zone.
South Carroll students, parents and community members will be encouraged to get involved through student groups, Parent Action Team and the school's business partnerships.
"We would love to have our auditorium packed with parents and community members," Brauer said. "In light of what just occurred at Perry Hall High School, this is perfect timing. Let's work together and start our own chain reaction of kindness."
South Carroll High is located at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield and the phone number is 410-751-3575.