This week our community is going to have the privileged to hear the story of Rachel Scott as told by her father, Darrell Scott. Mr. Scott started Rachel’s Challenge after the death of his daughter on April 20th, 1999. Rachel was the first student shot and killed in the Columbine shootings in Colorado. The Rachel’s Challenge initiative is to replace negativity, violence and bullying with acts of kindness, respect and positive attitudes.
A journal of Rachel’s was discovered shortly after her death outlining how one person could make the world better just by being kind. You can visit the Scott’s website @ Rachel’s Challenge.
There will be an assembly for the students this Wednesday afternoon to learn more about Rachel’s Challenge and what they can do to be part of the solution. On Wednesday evening at 7pm, there will be a program for the public at the Wayne High School gym.
People in our community have taken a stand to put an end to the bully issue we have right here in Wayne. A chapter of Stand For The Silent has been started here in Wayne and I am very proud to say my friend, Pam Henderson is the student groups sponsor. Student President of the Wayne chapter of Stand For The Silent is Miranda Long, a freshman at Wayne High School. She was integral in getting the chapter started here and should be commended to recognize the problem and try to work towards a solution at such a young age. In an interview for the Wayne Herald this last week, Miss Long was quoted as saying “I think if people saw a senior telling a bully to knock it off, I think the bully would stop.” I think so too, Miss Long! Rock on sister!
With the help of our superintendent, Mark Lenihan and our Jr. High principal, Rocky Ruhl, this problem is going to be brought out into the light. By bringing speakers in like Darrell Scott and Kirk and Laura Smalley, from Stand For The Silent, they are providing our children with the courage to stand up for themselves and others. No longer do they have to be afraid, tormented or angry. By attending these programs they are given the necessary tools and support they need to stop this problem now. For more information about Stand For The Silent, visit their website @ Stand For The Silent.
The Stand For The Silent group is also offering The Bully Movie to be shown at our movie theater, The Majestic, for free this Thursday – Sunday.
Please make an effort to attend any or all of these events this week. Be a part of the solution.
Keep up the awareness!
Til next time, kids!