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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Rachel’s Challenge grows into Rachel’s Legacy

  • Legacy event at CHS Nov. 13 follows last year’s Challenge event, in honor of first victim of Columbine shootings.
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  • Last fall, Rachel's Challenge – powerful activities designed for students to carry on a teen girl's legacy of kindness and compassion for others – came to Crookston High School. Now comes Rachel's Legacy, a continuation of last year's program.
        
    Rachel Scott was only 17 when she became the first person gunned down at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. While her death, along with more than a dozen others in the massacre, was tragic, her parents and brother decided that they would bring her message to schools across the nation. Hence, Rachel’s Challenge was born.
        
    Jackie Robertson, CHS counselor, said Rachel's Legacy will be here on Tuesday, Nov. 13, beginning with an assembly at the school from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Another assembly will take place from 10-11 a.m. These are for students in grades 6-12, and Climax and Fisher Schools have been invited to participate as well. In the afternoon, there will be leadership training from 1-2:30 p.m. for 100 students who are part of the Friends of Rachel Club that got off the ground following last year's events. Finally, an evening presentation for the community will be held at 7 p.m. All presentations will take place in the auditorium. Full-time Rachel's Challenge presenter Al Nourbakhsh will give the presentations.
        
    "We're very excited to be hosting Rachel's Legacy after the success of last year," said Robertson. "Our Friends of Rachel's Club has been doing some powerful things that we hope to expand on, and we'd like to get more people from the community to come to the evening session and become involved."
        
    According to materials provided by Rachel's Challenge, Rachel’s acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for program. Since its beginning in 2000, the number of requests to present Rachel’s Challenge to students, parents, and educators continues to increase.  The Scott family and other Rachel’s Challenge certified presenters have spoken to over 16 million people in live settings and have reached millions more through popular media.
        
    "Rachel's Challenge measures its impacts at the individual level – in particular, the number of young people who have been inspired to release their inner good and treat others with care and respect," said Rob Unger, the organization's CEO. "Schools can be incubators for creating and disseminating great ideas, however, so we are confident our new partnership with Crookston High School will have a positive ripple effect beyond the campus and throughout this community as well."
        
    For more information on Rachel's Challenge, visit www.rachelschallenge.org or www.facebook.com/rachelschallenge.

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