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Bullying has become a topic of great concern amongst parents and students – whether those students are in elementary school or in college. In response to the concerns of the Dominican College and Rockland Communities, Dominican College is hosting “Rachel’s Challenge”. 

Please join us on October 30 at 6pm or 8pm in The Lawrence Room, Rosary Hall, to be a part of this unique presentation.   

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Rachel's Challenge was started by Rachel's dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her "ups and downs," she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.  

The core component of Rachel's Challenge is an impassioned interactive presentation that tells the story of Rachel Scott and inspires a desire for change among students. The presentation is followed up with student training and the formation of a permanent school club. The community is invited to take part. While it strives to inspire campus and community-wide change, Rachel's Challenge starts with individual students who have been motivated to release their inner desire to treat others with respect. 

From the Rachel’s Challenge web site: “The results have been astounding. Representative of thousands of schools is an elementary school in Texas that had 90% fewer disciplinary referrals in the months after a Rachel's Challenge program was initiated. 78% more students indicated they would intervene in a bullying incident after seeing Rachel's Challenge. A High School in Illinois experienced 84% fewer out-of-school suspensions. Seventy-eight percent more students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel's Challenge. Most significantly, in a recent 24 month period, Rachel's Challenge received more than 450 emails from students who indicated they had changed their mind about taking their own life after Rachel's Challenge made their school a better and more caring place.” 

Rachel’s Challenge teaches us how to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. 

For more information please contact Alise Cohen at alise.cohen@dc.edu or 845-848-4036 

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