On Wednesday, October 17, Clarendon Hills Middle School hosted an evening program as part of their commitment to “Rachel’s Challenge” – the event welcomed more than 250 community members.
Principal Griffin Sonntag explains that Rachel’s Challenge focuses on helping students recognize their purpose in life and encourages them to create a culture of compassion and kindness. They are issued five powerful challenges that are based on the writings and life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine School shootings that took place in 1999.
- Look for the Best in Others – Eliminate Prejudice
- Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated
- Choose Positive Influences
- Speak Words of Kindness – Words Can Hurt, Words Can Heal
- Forgive Yourself and Others
Earlier in the day on October 17, students participated in an assembly and a peer training session. The events, all sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization, ended with a specific challenge to students, parents, and community leaders, showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their youth are making. All who were willing to accept the challenge were encouraged to sign a banner that will be hung near the school entrance.
For more information, visit www.rachelschallenge.org.