(WHAS11)— This is the time of year when many people talk about kindness, caring and compassion. We all like to spread a little goodwill around the holidays, but those who work for Rachel's challenge make it their mission year round.
WHAS11's Melissa Swan reports on a Kentuckiana school that's accepted the challenge.
Recently, junior high and high school students at Corydon Central heard the story of Rachel Scott. They learned about her short but amazing life and it really got them thinking about starting a chain reaction.
No matter how many times you hear the story of Rachel Scott's death, her story always has an impact. She was the first student killed at columbine in 1999.
The power of Rachel's story though, is in her life and her words which have been shared all over the world. It's almost eerie that sometime before she died at Columbine Rachel drew the shape of her hands and wrote,
“These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people's hearts....”
She's now touched the hearts of students in Corydon. They see a need for Rachel's Challenge. That challenge is to combat cruelty and bullying with kindness and compassion.
Much of what Rachel thought and felt about kindness she wrote in school papers or in the many journals she kept throughout her life.
Now those words --from a wise-beyond-her-years girl-- are making an impact on students who were just toddlers or not yet born when she died.
We want to hear from you. More Kentuckiana schools -- just like Corydon Central are accepting the challenge everyday. If your school is participating in Rachel's challenge send us an email it's firstname.lastname@example.org.