Rachel’s Challenge makes Frankfort-Schuyler High School a better place

The Community Foundation recently funded Rachel’s Challenge, a national program that includes 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 Challenge is based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed during the Columbine High School shootings 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.

“It’s sort of overwhelming the way Rachel’s Challenge has made such an impact on our little school,” says Frankfort-Schuyler Sophomore Tino Laterza.

The Community Foundation invested $10,000 into Herkimer County schools to bring Rachel’s Challenge to 12 Herkimer BOCES school districts. Twenty-three Rachel’s Challenge presentations took place in the schools, including 12 student assembly presentations, five Friends of Rachel student training sessions and six evening parent and community events. More than 4,500 students attended these emotional, thought-provoking presentations where Rachel’s message of kindness and compassion was delivered.