Students at East and West Alexander Middle joined a nationwide movement on Thursday, October 3, 2014 by hosting this year’s first “Friends of Rachel” meeting. These clubs form in light of “Rachel’s Challenge,” a nonprofit campaign geared at decreasing school violence, bullying, and suicide.
If you are unfamiliar with Rachel’s Challenge, the campaign was formed in honor of Rachel Scott: the first teen whose life was tragically ended during the Columbine High School shootings. Rachel was known for her kindness and compassion, to a level that her family has sought to carry her example onward and throughout the nation.
During Rachel’s Challenge, student and community members engage in a series strategies to improve the learning environment. These strategies seek to equip participants with the tools necessary to create and continue school systems in which enrollees are able to feel safe and supported. Each strategy is based on writings found in Rachel’s diaries and journals.
During FOR clubs, students meet to brainstorm and implement these positive changes in their school system: They actively work to increase kindness and decrease bullying. During the first meeting, members accepted “Rachel’s Challenge” and got to know one another.
If you are interested in learning more about FOR clubs, please contact Brittany Loudermilt (EWMS) or Jordyn Setzer (WAMS) today!