Students from were sent a powerful message on Wednesday as they were introduced to the first victim of the Columbine school shootings, Rachel Scott.
Rachel's inspiring messages from her short life has become a way of teaching students about bullying and tolerance through a program developed in her honor, Rachel's Challenge.
Rachel's big dreams of becoming famous and touching millions of lives has been accomplished as she is now used an example of compassion, hope and love to thousands of students every year, many of whom weren't even born yet that tragic day thirteen years ago.
“I was really touched by it,” said sixth grader Arielle Bliznick. “I think the biggest message I got was that you should really try to achieve your goals no matter how small they might be, go and try to live your life the best you can.”
Bill Sanders, a presenter with Rachel’s Challenge, helped develop the program that serves to teach children many important lessons, including Rachel’s personal theory of:
“If one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
A strong message of anti-bullying and standing up for what you believe was received by some students.
“They (bullies) need to realize that they’re popularity isn’t everything,” sixth grader Keegan Hoose said. “And for the people who are being bullied, they need to stand up for themselves and know what’s right.”
“We all have power to touch someone’s else life,” Sanders said. “You could see in their hearts, they (students) just wanted to be strong enough to stand up for them.”