Remsen schools to implement Rachel’s Challenge program

Published Sep 24, 2018 at 4:00pm

REMSEN — The Remsen school district is implementing a Rachel’s Challenge program for the current 2018-19 school year, including a community event Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the junior/senior high school cafeteria.

The program is named in memory of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy. It is designed to inspire, equip and empower people to create a positive culture change in their school and community by starting a chain reaction of respect, kindness and compassion, the district said.

Remsen district students, families, staff and community members are invited to come to the community event, which will include a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday followed by a presentation about Rachel’s Challenge at 6 p.m. People can feel free to bring a dish to pass, the district said. Childcare for children age 11 and under will be provided during the presentation.

Assemblies to introduce students to Rachel’s Challenge were scheduled for today at the elementary school and Tuesday at the junior/senior high school. The district said it also is planning to create a Friends of Rachel Club at both Remsen schools, where students can meet to work on the planning and development of activities, projects and events to spread kindness and compassion in their school and community.