PVHS hosts Rachel’s Challenge: Columbine shooting victim’s message of acceptance

ST. GEORGE – While her life was tragically cut short during the Columbine High School shooting, Rachel Scott’s example of kindness and compassion lives on. Hear the inspiring true story of how one girl’s dream to change the world is being fulfilled more than a decade after her death at a community event to be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Pine View High School auditorium.

Since the inception of “Rachel’s Challenge,” more than 17 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world. Based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999, Rachel’s Challenge is recommended for grades sixth and up and exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion.

Rachel’s Essay: “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show
compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.
People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
Rachel Joy Scott

Rachel’s Challenge is brought to schools in response to the escalating problems of bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence and increased disciplinary actions. Through powerful presentations, trainings, community events and professional development, the challenge provides a sustainable solution.

The story that changes everything from Rachel’s Challenge on Vimeo.

According to the Rachel’s Challenge website:

Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day. Rachel’s Challenge renews our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Rachel’s story gives us permission to start our own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate in our schools and communities.

“You will not want to miss this event,” Pine View High School PTSA President Vikilee Sabaitis said on the school’s website. “It will start a chain reaction you will want to be part of. This impactful assembly and community event will help create a sustainable positive impact on the culture of our school and community. We hope that Rachel’s challenge will help us sustain a long-term positive impact on our campus and in our community.”

Event details

  • When: Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Pine View High School auditorium, 2850 E. 750 North Panther Parkway, St. George
  • Admission: Free | All community members welcome


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