Eye on Education: Rachel's Challenge

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- One girl is challenging Americans to pay it forward by starting a chain reaction aimed to stop violence in schools across the United States altogether. Nicole Holt has the story of how one little girl is challenging the world, even after her death.

April 20, 1999, was one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. Two teens walked into Columbine High School in Colorado with their guns drawn. A shooting rampage begins, and 13 people die, including Rachel Joy Scott.

Out of misery comes hope.

"Rachel’s Challenge” is based on the life of Rachel Scott. She was the first person killed in the Columbine shootings in 1999. She had written and essay called "My Ethics, My Codes of Life.” In that essay she challenged the reader to “start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.”

Cody Hodges is now part of Rachel’s Challenge. He travels around the world challenging students to see the inner part of who they are, and who those around them can be. Rachel’s essay was written just six weeks before the mass shooting. Below is an excerpt from her essay:

"My codes may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached, but test them for yourself, and see the kind of effect they have in the lives of people around you. You just might start a chain reaction.”

That chain reaction is having a domino effect all the way in Texoma. Sonny Cruise is the Superintendent for Bonham IDS.

“I think it’s important to think in this manner. Change doesn't happen in the isolated bubble. If you're going to have a chance worth taking a hold of, you need to include as many as you can.”

Bonham Independent School District is one of many school districts across the nation Cody is helping spread Rachel's challenge.

“One person can make a difference, sometime we feel like we are all insignificant. No one hears my voice. One person can truly make a difference.”

Rachel wanted to make difference in one person's life. Now she's made a difference in more than 13 million lives.

To view Rachel's essay in full click here: http://www.rachelschallenge.com


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