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Chariho hosting "Rachel's Challenge"

April 30, 2011

WOOD RIVER JCT. – The public is invited to attend Rachel's Challenge, a national, award-winning program presentation that inspires, equips and empowers every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

The event will be held Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Chariho Regional Middle School, which is located at 455 B Switch Road in Wood River Junction.

Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America.

The presentation features a powerful video of Rachel's life and the Columbine tragedy that motivates students to change the way they treat others. A separate interactive 90-minute training session involves both adult and student leaders to show how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly.

The assembly creates the "want to" or desire for positive change. The training session teaches the "how to" and ensures that the positive impact will continue.

The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County offers Rachel's Challenge to students and the public with goals to:

Embrace and respect individual difference; appreciate the value and worth of every person; stand up for others that are being mistreated; know "who" they are and recognize their own worth; be kind and compassionate to people; and reach out and help others.

As part of DVRCSC's mission to "break the cycle of violence," a Rachel's Challenge presentation will be given to the Chariho Middle and High School students in the morning. The public, media and especially parents, are invited to the evening presentation. The program is free. If you have questions, please call 782-3995.

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