Mercy Academy accepts Rachel's Challenge


Posted on October 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 7 at 6:02 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - For several months now, WHAS11’s Melissa Swan has been telling you about Rachel's Challenge.
It was founded in the memory of Rachel Scott - a 17-year-old girl killed at Columbine High School.
In her name, Rachel's family has built a huge network of people who are spreading kindness and compassion.
Mercy Academy says for them, Rachel's Challenge is a perfect fit.
Recently at Mercy Academy, hundreds of young women learned more about Rachel Scott.

 They have accepted the challenge, are ready to be a chain reaction and are ready to create change in their school and their community.

 Hundreds of mercy students have written on slips of paper - the good actions they plan to make a reality. 
Everyone who accepts Rachel's Challenge knows the story of her hands.
After her death, Rachel's family found the outline of her hands.  She had drawn them on her bedroom wall with these words:
"These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people's hearts.”
So far, 15 million people have heard Rachel's story.
The 600 students at Mercy Academy are among those continuing the chain reaction.

Rachel's Challenge recommends that young people go out of their way to reach out to special needs students, new students and students who are being picked on.

If your school is participating in Rachel's Challenge we want to hear from you, email us at