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2011-10-06 / Sports

From the Superintendent of Schools

Frances M. McArthur, Ph.D. Lexington ISD

Rachel’s Challenge: Start a Chain Reaction in Lexington ISD

On October 6th, Lexington ISD will present the Rachel’s Challenge program to the Lexington Community. This event is much anticipated and we expect everyone that attends will leave with hope and promise for our students and our community. This program will be held in the APK Gym from 7 – 8 p.m. and pledges to make an impact on all of us.

Rachel’s Challenge exists to inspire, equip, and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business, and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. This program is based on the life and actions of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. Rachel’s acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries, have become the foundation for the most lifechanging school program in America.

Rachel’s message addresses the prevention of school bullying and suicide. Lexington High School and Middle School students will participate in a powerful one-hour school presentation that motivates them to create positive change in the way they treat others, on Thursday morning. Students and adult leaders will also be trained to continue the program’s message throughout the school year and will have the opportunity to create a Friends of Rachel (FOR) club that encourages students to continue the chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

Lexington ISD is excited about Rachel’s Challenge and the impact it will have not only on our students, but on our community as well. We ask for support and help from our community as we all come together to create a culture of kindness and compassion. We would like to thank the Lexington Rotary Club, the Lexington Lions Club, and numerous private donations for their sponsorship of Rachel’s Challenge. We look forward to seeing you in the APK Gym on October 6th at 7 p.m.

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