GASTONIA, N.C. -- Students at 56 schools in Gaston County will get to hear the inspiring message of Rachel’s Challenge next school year, the largest single school district in the nation to sign up for the program.
Rachel’s Challenge is a program for children and teenagers to teach them valuable lessons like acceptance, kindness and consideration of others. It was started by Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shootings. Before she died she wrote about starting a chain reaction of kindness that might spread around the world. Just one simple kind act could spread to hundreds and thousands of others, she thought.
Now, her father spreads that message through the Rachel’s Challenge program. The presentation that students in Gaston County will hear focuses on Rachel’s life, her writings, and her dream to make schools, communities and the world a better place. It also shares true stories from students who have taken Rachel’s message to heart.
The program has already been heard by thousands of students in our area, including schools in Burke, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties.
Next school year thousands of students in Gaston County will join the cause as well. The district is the ninth largest in the state with nearly 32,000 students and employs nearly 4,000 people.