Rachel’s Challenge To Present Message Of Kindness, Compassion At Sheldon Schools

Sheldon, Iowa — Rachel Scott was the first victim killed in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. But her dream is being realized several years after her death. Called “Rachel’s Challenge”, the presentation is a powerful reminder of the little things we can do every day to make our world a positive, nurturing place.

Rachel’s Challenge is coming to the Sheldon Community School District on Monday, November 5. We talked with Sheldon Schools’ advisor of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Sherrie Zeutenhorst, who tells us what Rachel’s Challenge involves.

Zeutenhorst says after the Columbine massacre, authorities made a discovery.

She says two weeks after her death, Rachel’s parents discovered Rachel’s journal, along with an essay she had written called, My Ethics, My Code of Life, which has become the inspiring message of Rachel’s Challenge.

Zeutenhorst tells us what she thinks is the most important message of Rachel’s Challenge.

About two years ago, Sheldon Schools’ Superintendent Robin Spears heard Rachel’s father speak, and decided it would be a good thing to have in Sheldon.

There will be a Middle School presentation from 8:30-9:30 AM in the middle school gym. There will be a High School presentation from 11:00-12:00 in the high school auditorium. Following the High School presentation, there will be a training session for a group of high school students interested in promoting Rachel’s Challenge message. To conclude the day’s event, there will be a community presentation at 7:00 PM in the high school gym. Then, on Tuesday, November 6 there will be an assembly at East Elementary from 8:45-9:30 AM followed by a training session for Middle School students to learn to be ambassadors for the message from 11:00 – 12:30.

The public is encouraged to come to the community presentation on Monday night, November 5th, at 7 PM in the Sheldon High School Gym. For more information, you can call Sheldon Community Schools.

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