Rachel’s Challenge spreads to other Kentuckiana schools



Posted on August 30, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 30 at 5:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- Students at Henry County Middle and High schools are the newest students in Kentuckiana to take on Rachel's Challenge!

After Rachel Scott's death at Columbine High School, her family took on a mission to spread her message concerning the Chain reaction of caring and compassion.

"We hope to carry this on...it’s not just going to be a one day program and we're finished...we are going to carry this on throughout the year and hopefully for years to come," Tim Abrams, Superintendent, said.

Henry County High and Middle school students took the challenge Tuesday.
Representatives from Rachel’s Challenge came to New Castle Tuesday to tell Rachel’s story.
Many of the students were very moved by Rachel’s story.

"It made me think a lot about kindness and sometimes I kind of judge people before I see them..and it made me think twice about it,” Jeston Mann, Henry County High School freshman, said. “And...how a little act of kindness can go a long way...start a chain reaction, made me thought a lot about that."

Another student talked about what they can do to spread Rachel’s message.

"We can start including people and be compassionate to others and talk about it together," Rachel Vegh, Henry County Middle School eighth grader, said.

On Tuesday many of the students accepted Rachel’s Challenge and signed a poster.
They also plan to incorporate Rachel's Challenge with their youth coalition program which encourages students to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

More than one thousand students in Henry County saw Tuesday's presentation but they plan to make an even bigger impact. They are planning a community wide event with Emminence schools later this week.

We have a lot of schools in Kentuckiana accepting the challenge including Carroll County and Mercy Academy this week!
If your school or business has accepted the challenge...we want to know about it. Send us an email to rachel'schallenge@ whas11.com.