Ocracoke School high schoolers will participate in an anti-bullying program, Rachel’s Challenge, on March 3.

The program, called Chain Reaction, is for students in grades nine to 12. 

Rachel’s Challenge provides a series of programs and strategies that awaken and equip students and adults to sustain the safe, caring, and supportive learning environment essential for academic achievement. Programs are based on the life and writings of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

Rachel’s legacy of deliberately reaching out to those who were different, new at school, or picked on by others is the basis for strategies that help schools promote a positive learning environment by sustaining a climate less susceptible to harassment, bullying, suicide, and violence.

After the tragedy, Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father founded “Rachel’s Challenge,” a bullying and violence abatement program.

Since then, more than 21 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world, at least eight school shootings have been prevented, and over 500 suicides have been averted.

Through presentations, trainings, community events and professional development, Rachel’s Challenge provides a sustainable solution.

Ocracoke guidance counselor Mary McKnight is looking for parent and community volunteers to help.

Volunteers will begin at 9 and the students will begin at 9:30. The program should conclude at 2pm. All participants have to bring their own lunch.

For details about the program and volunteering, contact McKnight via email mmcknight@hyde.k12.nc.us.


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