BOILINGS SPRINGS, N.C. – Hundreds of high school freshman poured out of school buses on the Gardner Webb University campus in Boiling Springs Wednesday morning to learn about Rachel Joy Scott and Rachel’s Challenge.
Scott was the first person shot and killed when two students went on a rampage at Columbine High School on April 20, 1998.
Rachel’s Challenge is a program that teaches students how to make a difference by making simple acts of kindness, something Wednesday’s speaker Adam Northam said Rachel tried to do every day.
The hour long program detailed who Rachel was and how she wanted to make a difference by just showing others compassion.
“It was very inspirational and moving—makes me want to help other kids,” said Lara Wilson, a ninth grader at Shelby High School.
The teens came from Cleveland County and included representatives from Crest High School, Shelby High School and Burns High School.
Wednesday night Students from Gardner Webb will see Rachel’s Challenge with a community event set for Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Both are being held in the Convocation Center on the Gardner Webb University Campus.