Guest speaker Torski Dobson-Arnold visited Matoaca High School Thursday, Jan. 5, presenting assemblies for students and staff introducing the Rachel’s Challenge Program established by the family of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student to die in the Columbine High School tragedy. Rachel Scott believed in and lived a life based on spreading kindness in order to make a difference in our world. Rachel’s Challenge was developed by her family as a program to bring Rachel’s message to schools and communities across the globe and continue her message of spreading kindness. Individuals who accept Rachel’s Challenge pledge to use the following steps to bring kindness to our world:
- Look for the BEST in others
- Dream BIG
- Choose POSITIVE influences
- Speak with KINDNESS
- START your own chain reaction
Many Matoaca High students and staff chose to sign the Rachel’s Challenge Banner committing themselves to applying the Challenge steps to their own lives. Others volunteered to receive additional training and serve as Rachel’s Challenge leaders in the school and community.
Students, parents, staff and community members from Matoaca and L.C. Bird high schools also attended an evening session expanding on the program and pledging to work together to make Rachel’s Challenge a reality in the larger community and the lives of individuals they encounter in their everyday lives.