Community invited to attend anti-violence / bullying presentation
Gahanna middle schools East, South and West, will host Rachel's Challenge, a special community-wide presentation, Tues., Oct. 2, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. at GMSW
, 350 Stygler Rd., Gahanna.
The presentation takes its name from Rachel Scott, who was among the students killed during the 1999 Columbine High School tragedy. There is no cost to attend.
The anti-violence and bullying presentation advocates treating others with respect and dignity. The presentation will highlight the profound, yet positive impact we have on one another when deliberately reaching out to others to start what Rachel called a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
After Rachel's death, her family found many of her journals, outlining her core values and beliefs about the power of simple acts of kindness. From these messages and anecdotes about her work with other young people, Rachel's Challenge
was born, with an emphasis on a two-page “Code of Ethics” Rachel had written just a month before her death.
The community is not only encouraged to attend, but to reflect on their relationship with and their impact on the children and people around them. — Dr. Rochelle Dunn, GJPS Safe and Drug-Free Schools & Mental Health Coordinator
Students and community participants will be encouraged to take part of the collective pledge to maintain a community environment that ensures all children see the amazing potential that is within themselves.
In preparation for the community-wide event, 100 students, representing a cross-section of each of the three middle schools, were selected to undergo a special leadership training program to further develop ongoing initiatives to maintain a permanent culture of kindness and compassion on their respective campus.
For more information about Rachel's Challenge, visit: www.rachelschallenge.org.
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