Grand Rapids, MN – Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. As part of its commitment to community, Lake Country Power will sponsor a challenging and powerful message of kindness and compassion for students and community members at the Hibbing High School Auditorium in Hibbing, Minn., on Monday, November 11.
An evening assembly for parents and the general public will be held November 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium. The assembly is free, and everyone is urged to attend.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting that occurred April 20, 1999 in Columbine, Colorado. Writing several journals she said, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
Inspired by her theory and journal writings, Rachel’s family created the Rachel’s Challenge program – an anti-bullying, anti-violence program – to spread her powerful message and inspire people to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. The program addresses today's issues of bullying, feelings of isolation and despair, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence and increasing disciplinary actions.
Rachel’s Challenge is the largest in-school assembly program in the country and has been seen by 25 million people, including the United States, Ireland, Australia and Canada.
The school program will consist of two primary parts:
A school assembly — During the assembly, students learn about Rachel’s life and are challenged to make a positive impact in their world. Students listen intently as the speaker talks about Rachel’s life and code of ethics during the 60-minute presentation. A peer training session will also be available for students.
An evening assembly for the public — The public is invited to attend an evening assembly where they will hear a powerful program and be inspired by the five challenges Rachel left behind.
Since 2010, Lake Country Power has sponsored Rachel's Challenge for 23 schools throughout its service area. For more information, visit Lake Country Power’s video from a previous presentation at https://youtu.be/o8tJhhlXC2Y or the organization’s website at www.rachelschallenge.org.