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Rachel's Challenge:

A Legacy of Change
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Kylee Jenkins

on 5 December 2012

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Rachel's Challenge: A Legacy of Change On April 20th, 1999, two teenagers went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They left twelve students and one teacher dead in their wake before taking their own lives. The first victim of the shooting was Rachel Joy Scott (Gibbs et al. 24). The life and writings of Rachel Scott inspired her family to create an anti-bullying campaign called Rachel's Challenge. The program tells Rachel's story and presents students with five challenges, derived from her essay "My Ethics, My Codes of Life" to accept in order to make schools safer, more accepting learning environments (Rachel's Challenge). THE CHALLENGES
1. Eliminate prejudice by looking for the best in others
2. Dream big - set goals and keep a journal
3. Choose positive influences
4. Speak kind words
5. Start a chain reaction
(Shyrock 8) OTHER PROGRAMS
"Let's Get Real" - a film produced by the Respect for All Project accompanied by a curriculum guide and staff training ("Getting Real About Bullying" 41). OTHER PROGRAMS
"Bullyproof" - created as a result of the "No Child Left Behind" Act. A study of the program showed that while attitudes toward bullying had changed, actual occurrences of bullying had not (Hallford et al. 91-101). OUTSIDE RESOURCES
Scott Miller suggests the use of different books and videos inside the classroom instead of a program or presentation (11). Rachel Scott was known at Columbine High School for her kindness and compassion towards friends and strangers alike. Her death was a tragedy, brought on by two boys burdened by years of torment at the hands of their peers (M. Miller 18). Rachel's family chose to turn the mess that was the Columbine Shooting into a message of hope and change for middle and high school students across the nation. Michael Seaman believes that instead of the use of programs like Rachel's Challenge, empathy should be taught in all subjects of study (24). Barbara Hollingshead et al. take it one step furhter by suggesting the insertion of Rachel's Challenge into curriculum (111-115). 71% of teachers ignore the bullying and harrassment of their students. In response, Educational Equity Concepts developed "Quit It! A Teacher's Guide on Teasing and Bullying for Use With Students in Grades K-3" (Schroeder 73). Over 18 million people have heard Rachel’s story. One survey shows that 78% more students would intervene in a bullying incident in their school after participating in Rachel's Challenge. Further, the organization released that in a recent 24 month period, they received over 450 emails from students who said they changed their mind about taking their own life after hearing Rachel's Challenge (“About Rachel’s Challenge”). Rachel’s Challenge not only honors the life of one special girl of who died on April 20th, 1999, but it reaches out and changes the fate of those headed the same direction by their own hand. WHY RACHEL'S CHALLENGE IS MORE EFFECTIVE
Visceral
Engages all senses
Unlimited impact
Call to action
Tools of change
THESIS
In comparison to other anti-bullying programs, Rachel’s Challenge is the most effective and yields the most positive, long-lasting results.
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