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Public, students invited to Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel’s Challenge, a national, nonprofit organization based on the life and writings of a student killed at Columbine in 1999 who was dedicated to showing compassion to others, will present four programs at the Somerset schools on Thursday, Oct. 30.

The program is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, who was dedicated to starting a chain reaction of kindness in those around her. Problems in schools the program focuses on include bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence and increased disciplinary actions.

The elementary program will be held 8:20-9 a.m. and will deliver the message of using kind words and doing kind things, accepting and including others, choosing to be a positive influence, setting goals and keeping a journal, and continuing a kindness chain reaction.

The fifth- and sixth-graders will see Rachel’s Story from 1:45-2:45 p.m. This age-level program focuses on dreaming big and believing in yourself, being kind to others, practicing positive gossip, showing appreciation, and being the answer.

Grades 7-12 will see Rachel’s Challenge, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. This presentation will include video footage from Columbine, as well as the elements presented in the other programs.

Students at each of the three schools will have the chance to sign the Rachel’s Challenge banner, and take the pledge to think about their actions, use kind words, dream big and start their own chain reactions of kindness.

The community is invited to the Rachel’s Challenge presentation from 7-8 p.m. in the high school multi-purpose room.

For more information, visit or email Eichten at seichten@somerset,

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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