IMS PTO INTRODUCES RACHEL’S CHALLENGE TO STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY
Jun 26, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2017
Ingleside PTO Introduces Rachel’s Challenge to Students and Community
Phoenix, AZ, June 26, 2017 – On Monday, August 14th Ingleside Middle School will welcome a representative from Rachel’s Challenge to kick off the school year with a powerful presentation and message. This program is designed to motivate students to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Students will attend a presentation during school hours while parents and the entire Ingleside community will be invited to an evening presentation at 6 pm that evening.
“Rachel’s Challenge is designed to ignite a culture shift at Ingleside, by giving our students a platform to be kind and compassionate, making positive changes both on and off campus. If we can have students feel safe, accepted, and happy, then we can bring classroom learning to its fullest potential,” said Robin Lyon, President, Ingleside PTO.
Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of students each year. Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people who we come in contact with every day.
“A positive and safe learning environment for our students is extremely important,“ said Christopher Thuman, Ingleside Principal. “The PTO partnership with Rachel’s Challenge will provide powerful presentations, trainings, events and professional development benefitting the entire community.”
A few weeks after the Columbine tragedy, Rachel’s father Darrell Scott spoke to a Congressional House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of school violence. His speech has become one of the most widely read documents on the internet. Shortly after, Rachel’s Challenge was founded. More than 2 million students annually experience the program and have the opportunity to accept Rachel’s Challenge.
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Ingleside Middle School is located at 5402 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018 and is part of the Scottsdale Unified School District.