On Thursday, September 7, Holy Trinity School hosted Rachel’s Challenge, a non-profit organization that seeks to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and respect.
Rachel Joy Scott – the namesake of Rachel’s Challenge – was the first victim of the 1999 Columbine school shooting tragedy. Her uncle, Larry Scott, led the interactive presentation.
“Be nice to each other because every one of us is important”, said Scott as he engaged the elementary students in thoughtful reflection on what it means to be kind. Scott emphasized how doing the right thing – even if it’s not the easy thing – in everyday situations can have a lasting impact on those around us.
All students at HTS in grades K-8 participated in one of two age appropriate presentations. Junior High students also took part in a Friends of Rachel training session which is designed to create a sustainable positive impact within the school community. For Holy Trinity students and faculty, this means joining Rachel’s Challenge in creating a “chain reaction of kindness and compassion.”
With the school’s 2017-2018 theme of “Be the Answer” underway, students were able to hear firsthand how a positive outlook, acceptance of others, and big dreams can make a lasting impact on the lives of others.
“Rachel started small in making a difference in her everyday life and this encourages us to strive to do good,” said Adam, an 8th grader.
Mike Modzeleski, co-principal at HTS added, “My wish is that each student will put their kind words into action and take something away from Rachel’s Challenge that will have a positive effect on them for the rest of their lives.”