The Choose Peace/Stop Violence initiative, joined forces with the Rachel’s Challenge organization to bring the universal message of kindness and compassion to address bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination and school violence to the students of Piper High School in Sunrise and Glades Middle School in Miramar. “Rachel’s Challenge,” a bullying and violence abatement program, is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Rachel’s uncle Larry Scott shared Rachel’s inspiring story during school assemblies and provided students with a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivates us to consider our relationships with people we come in contact with every day. Following the presentation, students had the opportunity to meet Larry Scott and accept Rachel’s Challenge of showing kindness and compassion to those around them. The two school’s Choose Peace/Agents of Change based clubs received special training from Larry Scott on carrying out the message through various bullying prevention activities at their school and challenge their student population to live out Rachel’s Challenge of kindness and compassion. The Rachel’s Challenge presentations were sponsored by Choose Peace/Stop Violence.
Glades Middle School
Piper High School