Levelland Students Take On Rachel's Challenge - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/5/07

Levelland Students Take On Rachel's Challenge

Make our community a better place. That's the challenge some Levelland students and staff are pledging.

It's called Rachel's Challenge; a program started by the father of a victim the Columbine shootings.

"On April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado at Columbine High School two high school students walked into their high school with guns and pipe bombs and proceeded to kill 12 students and one teacher," speaker and former Texas Tech Quarterback Cody Hodges said.

Rachel Scott was the first student to be killed that day. The gunman shot Rachel and another student after saying they believed in God.

"She was junior in high school she was 17 years old," Hodges said.

To prevent another Columbine tragedy, the Scott family started Rachel's challenge. It is a nationwide program where students and staff, like those at Levelland High School, are challenged to start a chain reaction of kindness. Something that Hodges says Rachel did every day.

"Rachel said people will never know how far a little kindness can go," Hodges added.

To accept Rachel's Challenge students were asked to sign a banner, pledging to create a climate of kindness.

Levelland senior Sarah Tuckers said, "You can just tell on kids faces that they just need someone to be there for them."

"Everywhere we go we start a Friends of Rachel program," Hodges said, among a smaller group of students.

 A program, that helps students and staff work to keep Rachel's message alive.

"We're going to meet, the kids are giving us ideas on how they want to impact other kids and we're going for it," said Levelland High School teacher Tori Prothro.

Another presentation was held Monday night for students' friends and families.

Organizers tell us the lenge program cost the district $5,000. To learn about Rachel's Challenge, click here.

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