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EVENT: ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ to Help Combat Bullying

Greenport School hosts program based on the writings of the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

Are you a parent who is frustrated with a bully who won’t seem to leave your child alone? Then you might want to attend “Rachel’s Challenge,” a program for students and adults scheduled for Thursday at Greenport High School auditorium. Students will participate during the day, and an evening session for parents will take place at 7 p.m.

Each day, 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. “Rachel's Challenge" is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion.

The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.

Shortly before her death, Rachel wrote: "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."

For more information, contact Diane Peterson, Greenport High School Secretary at 631-477-1950 x1225

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