Rachel’s Challenge – Remembering Rachel Joy Scott
Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim in the 1999 Columbine school massacre. She is remembered as a young woman whose quality of kindness resonated among family and friends. While it may have cost her her life, her legacy of compassion lives on. On November 11, 2011, eleven years after her death, Rachel’s Challenge of kindness will be celebrated at a free event at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA from 10am – 12noon. According to the 11 Alive News website, Add to the Chain is “an unprecedented Celebration of Kindness & Service…which involves bringing together school children, teachers, parents, businesses, members of the U.S. Armed Services and veterans from all across Georgia.”
For months, between 80-100 Georgia schools have been linking chains of compassion and kindness one act at a time which they will roll out ‘in a remarkable display of music, moving messages and special tributes. “It has a very resonating impact on students,” says Robin Stede of 11 Alive News who sees this event as more than just an anti-bullying platform. “It’s symbolic but there are schools with (kindness) chains over a mile long.” While the first hour of the event will be dedicated to Rachel’s Challenge, the second will be to express gratitude and thanks on Veteran’s Day to the men and women who have served in our military. “The ultimate act of kindness is service to your country,”says Stede. And the students will have an opportunity to be up close and personal with our soldiers who will come in and sit amongst them. For anyone wishing to attend, free tickets are being given out at The Home Depot on a first come first served basis. The Joy Network hopes you will support this effort and find your opportunity to uphold Rachel’s Challenge and encourage our military on that special day.