Hoquiam Middle School will present Rachel’s Challenge, a nationwide school outreach program for the prevention of teen violence Thursday.
Two Hoquiam girl scouts worked odd jobs during the summer to help bring the program to the school with a match from Hoquiam School District.
Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, which claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher, as well as both perpetrators. Scott’s dad and stepmother have been reaching out to spread her message of compassion and to challenge others to live as she did through the non-profit they formed after her death.
Rachel’s Challenge has a team of over 30 speakers who address schools worldwide about Rachel’s example. Over the past 14 years her life story and journal writings have impacted more than 15 million students in live settings.
There will be presentations during the day for students and a free community presentation for parents and their children in the Hoquiam Middle School Gymnasium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.