Clover middle school learns about Rachel's Challenge

Clover middle school learns about Rachel's Challenge

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 29 at 5:01 PM

CLOVER S.C. – NewsChannel 36 has been telling you about Rachel's Challenge and how schools and communities are getting involved.

The presentations last about an hour and can be quite emotional.  That was the case Thursday, not just for the students at Oakridge Middle School, but for administrators and teachers, too.

It's the first time students in Clover got to hear Rachel’s Challenge.

"Just shocked at what some people can do to change other people's lives,” said Ante Redfern, an eighth grader at the school.

Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine massacre in 1999.  As a little girl, Rachel had big dreams and she wrote about them in her journal.

The message hit home for eighth grader Natalia Nievez.

"I was here since second grade and people would always make fun of me because of my English, because of my race, because of everything, and I didn't like that, nobody would," she said.  “I didn't look at people the way I should've.  It hurt me, and it hurt them, too.”

As students sat there patiently listening to the message of Rachel's Challenge, it seems the lesson had been taught.

"It's a really touching story that I think every school in the United States needs to go through,” said eighth grader Ray Beebe.

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