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Rachel's Challenge brings compassion to East Texas students

Rachel's Challenge brings compassion to East Texas students

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:45pm

Rachel's Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe school environment, and promoting kindness. The program is based on the life and writing of 17-year-old rachel scott, a victim of the columbine shooting in 1999. Grand Saline High School is just one of many schools impacted by the message.

"That really brought the school together because you can see people go through the same thing you go through, they go through the same struggles, and it's just impacted us tremendously," said Annika Limberger, Vice President of the Rachel's Challenge Club at Grand Saline High School.

The program came to Grand Saline in 2011, and students immediately started decorating a hallway dedicated to the initiative.

"They come out of the door everyday and that's what they see, and I hope that it reminds them about her, and about her legacy," Jessica Todd, President of the Rachel's Challenge Club, said.

Even new teachers have noticed how Rachel's Challenge effected students.

"They're very kind, which stands out to me because it's not that way in every high school," said Kristin Martin, a new biology teacher at Grand Saline High School.

Faculty is hoping the message keeps spreading to other school districts.

Cathy Villanueva, the Rachel's Challenge Club sponsor said, "It has really improved these last few years, and I think this program has helped. I think it would be beneficial to any school district, regardless of the age."  

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