On November 16, 2017, thanks to funding from the Glendale Education Foundation, “Rachel’s Challenge” will be presented to K-12 students at Glendale School District with the assistance of Ms. Dawn Cunningham’s “Aevidum Club” and the high school Language Arts Department. Rachel’s Challenge was created after the horrific 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School--where Rachel Joy Scott became the first victim of that senseless act of violence. This presentation is geared toward inspiring individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with something very lacking in the world of students growing up today: Acts of respect, kindness, and compassion! Glendale School District is one of many schools nationwide bringing Rachel’s Challenge into their districts because of escalating problems such as bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence, and increased disciplinary actions. Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful, example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact every day. Rachel’s story gives one permission to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which has proven time and time again to positively affect the climate in schools and communities who have the privilege of listening to Rachel’s story. Because of Rachel’s Challenge, at least eight school shootings have been prevented, and over 500 suicides have been averted. The Scott family and other Rachel’s Challenge certified presenters have reached millions more on popular media outlets like CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, Dateline and numerous others.
Rachel’s Challenge will be presented at 8:30 AM to the high school students, and beginning at 10:00 AM to the elementary students. Ms. Dawn Cunningham’s Aevidum Club and Glendale School District’s Language Arts Department would like to express their gratitude to the Glendale Education Foundation for making this notable character development program possible for our children.