LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- WHAS11 News is proud to mention our involvement in Rachel’s Challenge, a nationwide program that has proven to reduce teen suicides. The program hopes to change the culture of bullying and violence common in many schools.
Rachel’s Challenge was created after the death of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. After the loss, Rachel’s family discovered writing and drawings in her diaries that expressed her passion for creating a world of kindness and compassion. Rachel’s father and stepmom were then determined to keep their daughter’s dream alive by creating the program Rachel’s Challenge. They hoped to create a chain reaction of kindness through assemblies and student training programs that replaced bullying and violence with a culture of kindness and compassion on school campuses.
Belo's television stations, in all of its 15 markets across the U.S., will support the efforts of the organization by partnering with Rachel's Challenge to bring awareness to the bullying and violence problem prominent in communities and schools.
The Rachel’s Challenge program consists of a powerful age-specific school assembly, followed by student and teacher training. In the evening, a community-wide program is held.
Rachel’s Challenge and Belo’s ultimate goal of the program is to integrate a cultural change in schools, allowing students to learn more, appreciate their opportunities and respect their peers and leaders. Thus, making the entire community a better place to live, learn and work.
WHAS11 will bring more information on the program as we continue to support the nationwide campaign.