Lewisville ISD and Rachel’s Challenge

Last spring the counselors at Peters Colony Elementary applied for a grant through the Lewisville Education Foundation in hopes of receiving funds for a program titled: Rachel’s Challenge. In September, we were awarded the funds and are very pleased with the positive impact Rachel’s Challenge has made thus far on our campus.

Rachel Scott was one of the first victims killed at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Rachel was known for being a kind and generous person that helped others. As her dad stated,” Rachel had an inward motivation to accomplish as much as possible. Whenever she sensed an injustice being done to someone, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant it was, indignation rose up within her. She was always ready to stand up for anyone who she felt was mistreated.”

The elementary curriculum is built around the ideas of:
1. Creating a safe learning environment for all students to re-establish civility and deliver proactive antidotes to school violence and bullying.
2. Improve academic achievement by engaging students’ hearts, heads and hands in the learning process.
3. Provide students with social/emotional education that is both colorblind and culturally relevant.
4. Train adults to inspire, equip and empower students to affect permanent positive change.

At the elementary level we don’t focus on how she died but instead the positive impact her short life made on those around her. Students are encouraged to show kindness and compassion for others at school. Anytime someone is caught showing an act of kindness a student writes the name of the student and the act on a link. Our goal is to have the entire school create chains that will be displayed through out the hallways. So far, the kids are catching on! Our principal shared with me that the kids were excited about the program and she has overheard them integrate the vocabulary as part of their everyday conversation. In addition, we are beginning to form our KC Club- (Kindness and Compassion) for 4th and 5th graders. We meet twice a month to set personal goals, journal, establish leadership qualities and plan community service projects for the school. We have a huge banner that has 700 student signatures representative of those who have committed to creating a safe caring environment. Everyone plays a part; even the adults have requested to begin “Staff Links.” It is truly amazing how Rachel’s Challenge has inspired our school.

I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same. — Rachel Scott

By: Ana Vazquez, School Counselor

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