Rachel’s Challenge coming to LHS

Students, teachers, and community to participate in program

The Rachel’s Challenge program is coming to LHS on Feb. 10. A school-wide assembly will be held at the Performing Arts Center from 8-11 with student leader meetings at 1 p.m. At 6 p.m., a live community-wide event will be held in the PAC.

“I am very excited about the opportunities that this program makes available to our students, teachers, and community,” Principal Casey Neal said. “Rachel’s Challenge will give our kids the tools to be leaders of kindness in this world.”

According to rachelschallenge.org, Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion.

“Although Lindale already has a positive school culture, we don’t want any student to slip through the cracks,” Neal said. “It is our goal at LHS for students to be transformative leaders of positivity in the lives of those around them.”

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

“The key element to this program is that it is a collaborative effort between students, teachers, and community members,” Neal said. “By having these groups work hand-inhand with each other, we feel that our students will be able to create a ‘chain-reaction’ of kindness and compassion in our community.”