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2012-11-22 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Lexington Independent School District

At Lexington ISD we strive to create supportive learning environments where our students thrive and graduate successful, confident, creative, critical thinkers who are guided by a strong value system and contribute to their community and the world. We recognize that sustaining campus cultures where students feel safe, supported and encouraged to learn is a critical part of our mission and our teachers and staff focus each day on building relationships with students. One step our secondary schools took to foster our students’ social and emotional wellbeing is Rachel’s Challenge. Rachel’s Challenge is a program brought to Lexington through the generous support of our Lexington Lions Club and Lexington Rotary last fall. Lexington students learned about Rachel Scott, the first person to perish at Columbine High School in 1999; through her writings, and by accounts told by students that had been impacted by her kindness. The message of kindness and acceptance was powerful and Lexington secondary students embraced the challenges of positive change based upon how people treat one another.

This fall during the Navasota football game, Navasota High School students presented a paper chain made up of several hundred construction paper links. Each link detailed an act of kindness by a high school student towards others. At that time Navasota students challenged our student body to add to the chain and to pass it on to another school district. Our LHS students added almost twenty-four hundred links detailing ways that they had been touched by classmates’ kindness toward them. Our students presented the huge chain to Blanco High School students at our Blanco Football game and challenged them to continue Rachel Scott’s legacy of creating a positive culture change in their school by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

On behalf of the LISD Board of Trustees and all the LISD staff, I wish the entire Lexington community a blessed Thanksgiving.

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