The Edmond Sun

September 24, 2013

District invites community to Rachel’s Challenge presentation

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The community is invited to a free presentation of Rachel’s Challenge, the inspirational true story based on the life and writings of Rachel Scott who was killed during the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the auditorium of Memorial High School.

The program, which is funded by a grant from the Cox Connects Foundation, is being implemented at all Edmond high schools and elementary schools. The program was presented to all middle school students last year. School officials invite parents and patrons to view the community presentation to learn about the program that their children are experiencing.

Conveyed through stories from Rachel’s life and writings, Rachel’s Challenge shows the profound, positive impact individuals can have on those around them. According to the organization, Rachel’s Challenge demonstrates to the listener the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to others to start what Rachel called “a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.”  Participants are encouraged to examine their own lives in the light of five age--appropriate challenges.

“Rachel’s acts of kindness and compassion have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America,” Superintendent David Goin said. “This program seeks to change the culture of both schools and communities by teaching and promoting kindness, compassion and respect at all levels. We encourage everyone to see this presentation. It is poignant, uplifting and inspirational.”

Officials with the Rachel’s Challenge organization say at least eight school shootings and more than 500 suicides have been averted since the organization’s inception.

“The Cox Connects Foundation is thrilled to have awarded our inaugural IMPACT grant to the Edmond Public Schools for the implementation of Rachel’s Challenge across their district,” said Cox Connects Advisory Council Member Erick Stokes. “It is our hope that this inspiring story and program will start a chain reaction that will have a lasting positive influence in students’ lives both today and well into their future.”

FOR MORE detailed information on Rachel’s Challenge and each of the individual elementary, middle and high school programs, go to