CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- Two groups of students heard the inspiring story of Rachel Joy Scott and her legacy of compassion and making a change Monday in Catawba County.
Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School massacre back in April of 1999. Her family started Rachel's Challenge to help people to learn about how they can help make a difference in the lives of others who are picked on or left out.
Hundreds of students at Sherrills Ford Elementary school were entertained by Neil McIntyre with music and jokes weaving the laughs and fun into the message of how Rachel reached out to others who were left out.
The story of Rachel's death was not mentioned to the children at Sherrills Ford. The mood of the entire presentation is kept fun and light hearted.
"The music helps to engage them and get them a little more excited," McIntyre said. "The greatest thing about elementary kids is they open (up)."
During the morning assembly at Bandys High School hundreds of students also learned about Rachel's challenge and then some of the students chosen as leaders by school officials gathered to work on ideas to help make a difference in the lives of fellow students.
"I've always felt like I'm kind of a leader and other people look up to me, and as a leader you should get out in front and show people how to do it and set the example and not just say you need to fix that problem," said Jared Torrance, a senior at Bandys High School.