Sussex Tech to host Rachel’s Challenge on Feb. 26

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Sussex Technical High School will host “Rachel’s Challenge,” a program designed to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion. Several events are planned for students, staff and parents/guardians.

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Her father began to speak and used writings and drawings from Rachel’s diaries to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation. Today, more than 30 presenters honor Rachel’s life by reaching the nation with her simple but profound message.

Sussex Tech is presenting Rachel’s Challenge in an effort to create a safe learning environment for all students, to improve academic achievement, to provide students with social/emotional education that is both colorblind and culturally relevant, and to train adults to inspire, equip and empower students to affect permanent positive change.

Activities begin on Feb. 26 with student assemblies scheduled for freshmen and sophomores at 9 a.m. and for juniors and seniors at 10:30 a.m. Another presentation will be offered for adults, at 7 p.m. Parents, guardians, staff members and residents of Sussex County are invited to attend.

“Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day,” organizers said. “Rachel’s Challenge renews our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Since the program’s inception, over 17 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world.”

The presentation will take place in the school’s gymnasium.