Columbine story coming to Ti

TICONDEROGA - Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. A decade later, her story is coming to Ticonderoga.

Rachel's Challenge will be presented to Ticonderoga students and parents Thursday, Dec. 2.

The program seeks to change schools, businesses and communities by promoting kindness.

"We've heard of Rachel's Challenge in the last few years from other districts in the area and thought it would be a great program to bring to Ticonderoga to help motivate our students to make positive changes in the way they treat others," said Hillary Brewer, a Ti High counselor.

Rachel's Challenge will be presented to Ti Middle School students at 8 a.m. and to Ti High students at 10:15 a.m. At 1 p.m. interested students are invited to take part in "Friends of Rachel Student Training" in hopes they will serve as role models for fellow students.

Parents are invited to a presentation of Rachel's Challenge at 6:30 p.m. in the Ti High auditorium.

The program will include video/audio footage of Rachel Scott's life and the Columbine tragedy. The video is followed by a separate interactive 90 minute training session involving both adult and student leaders that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly.

That evening a Rachel's Challenge will present a similar program for parents and community members. It will end with a specific challenge, showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their youth are making.

Columbine High School, located in Littleton, Colo., was the site of one of the deadliest massacres in modern United States history. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher, and wounded 23 others, before taking their own lives in the April 20, 1999, shootings. The massacre made headlines around the world, making Columbine a household name.

Scott was a 17-year-old junior at Columbine when she was killed.

Immediately after the tragedy, her father Darrell began to speak around the nation and used writings and drawings from Rachel's many diaries to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation. Today, Scott and 30 other speakers take the Rachel's Challenge program across the country.

For more information, call the Ti High guidance office at 585-7400 ext 1207 or the Ti Middle School guidance office at 585-7442 ext. 2218.

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