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"Rachel's Challenge" comes to Oriskany

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rachel Joy Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 and on Tuesday, her memory was alive and well, bringing a message of anti-bullying to students at Oriskany Jr/Sr High School.

Rachel's dad and step-mom, Darrell and Sandy Scott, started Rachel's Challenge because they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left behind not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but they continue to resonate with students around the world.

The challenge equips students and adults with skills to combat bullying at its core with the main idea being to curb feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion.

"The thing that we hope people can take away from Rachel's Challenge is simply the knowledge of how powerful they are in their sphere of influence and how they can impact other people," said Kristi Krings, who made Tuesday's presentation. "It really, truly does start a chain reaction, ripple out and turn into something much larger."

On Tuesday, a Rachel's Challenge Club was started at the school and Tuesday night, the public can join in by attending a community forum in the auditorium at the junior senior high school.

On Wednesday, the challenge takes its message to Holland Patent Central School District.

More on Rachel's Challenge can be found at www.rachelschallenge.org

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