Friends of Rachel Club
Many people often ask, "What is Friends of Rachel Club? and Who is Rachel?" Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. This was the Columbine High School shooting which occurred on April 20, 1999. But that was only the beginning of the story. After her death, many students that Rachel reached out to during her lifetime, shared stories with the Scotts about the profound impact her simple acts of kindness had on their lives; even preventing one young man for taking his own life. Soon the transformational effect of Rachel’s story was realized and the non-profit organization that is Rachel's Challenge today was started.
At Desert View Middle School, our organization known as Friends of Rachel is inspired by Rachel's Challenge. This program provides a basis for positive climate and culture in our school. Fully implemented, we hope to achieve significant gains in community service, improvement in faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in bullying. The students who are a part of Friends of Rachel club are also ambassadors for Random Acts of Kindness, districtwide initiative currently being implemented to cultivate a climate of kindness on our campuses and then extending out into our community.
Nationally, every year:
Over 1.5 million people are involved in Rachel’s Challenge programs. More than 1,200 schools and businesses are reached. Over 150 suicides are averted. Bullying and violence decrease. Community service and acts of kindness increase.
Today, Rachel's Challenge exists to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent positive change not only in themselves, but in their schools and communities.
The objectives of our organization are to continue Rachel's legacy of kindness and compassion and to:
- Help our school become a safer, more connected place to live and learn.
- Inspire real culture change by actively involving Desert View students in the process.
- Change lives by providing important social/emotional training.
- Increase achievement and ensure positive results by involving the students’ heart, head and hands in a continuing improvement process.
Rachel Joy Scott was a strong believer in compassion, kindness, and love. She reached out to people who were left out, and tried to make everyone feel welcome. She stood up to people and was not afraid of what others might think. She lived for her beliefs, and it shows in her life and writings. Many of Rachel's beliefs were stated in her essay "My Code of Ethics".
Rachel believed if one person could go out of their way to show compassion, it would start a chain reaction of the same.
Meeting dates to be posted soon