The Carrollton City School System and community will have a unique opportunity to be impacted by several inspirational assemblies and accompanying programs brought to us by Rachel’s Challenge. The design of the Rachel’s Challenge program is based upon the ideals of Rachel Scott, who was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America.
The assemblies are scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 24, for Carrollton Middle School and Carrollton Junior High and Wednesday, Aug. 25, for Carrollton High School. All assemblies will be held at the Joshua R. Mabry Center for the Arts. Assemblies for CHS and CJHS will last an hour, while the CMS assembly, designed specifically to meet the needs of a younger audience, will last 30 minutes.
Additionally, a community assembly will be held Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m., also in the arts center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The Rachel’s Challenge speaker will conduct a powerful session ending with a specific challenge to parents and community members to show them how they can reinforce the decisions their youth are making.
The aims of the program are to promote kindness and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge focuses on helping students recognize their purpose in life. Students will be issued five powerful challenges that are based on the writings and life of Rachel Joy Scott. There will also be several follow-up activities throughout the school year based on the ideas of Rachel’s Challenge. We are confident that these assemblies and future programs will positively impact the students in the Carrollton City School System many months and years to come.