Gardner Webb joins Rachel's Challenge efforts

Gardner Webb joins Rachel's Challenge efforts

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – You have heard a lot about Rachel's Challenge.  Rachel Scott was a victim of the Columbine shootings.
   
Schools in our area have gotten on board to help spread Rachel's message of caring and random acts of kindness.

Now, a local college is  joining the effort.

Gardner Webb University is a Christian college in the quaint town of Boiling Springs where students and faculty are known for their involvement in the community.

So, when offered a chance to expand that role there was no hesitation.

"It just seemed to be a natural fit as it was brought to the senior staff at Gardner Webb for us to become involved with you all in something that is making a huge impact on the community," said Tracy Jessup, senior minister at GWU.

Rachel's Challenge is the way they'll be making that impact.  The 17 year old was the first victim of the Columbine massacre back in 1999.

After her death, her father found some of her most intimate thoughts in writings that summed up her young life.

"The journals, the diary entries that she's had that seem to show that she had such a command for what was truly import in life.  It's just amazing that someone that young could really see those things,” Jessup said.  "Rachel truly looked for the good in other people and even brought that out, maybe in people who didn't even see it in themselves."

And it's young people, including those at Gardner Webb, who will be spreading Rachel's message of kindness to other young people.

"We can all learn from each other," Jessup added.

"Bullying and people disrespecting differences, that takes place not only on middle school and high school campuses, but it takes place in the workplace, so we feel like we're preparing our students to make a positive impact even when they leave this place."

And the hope is that when they leave here they'll continuing spreading the message of kindness where ever they go.
 

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