RADNOR, Pa. (CBS) – Students at a local high school in Delaware County heard a powerful message today about how they can make a positive impact on someone else’s life. It came from the father of the first student killed in the Columbine massacre more than a decade ago.
The program, called “Rachel’s Challenge,” is a character-building education program that emerged as a response to the Columbine tragedy. Rachel Scott was shot and killed while eating lunch that day in 1999, and now her father Darrell travels the country talking to students about becoming better people.
Darrell Scott (in photo above) says the challenges are made up of what his daughter believed in:
“Challenges to eliminate prejudice, challenges to dare to dream, to write down goals, to choose positive influences, to use kind words because words can heal or words can hurt.”
Eleventh grader Antonio Lopez says his school is committed to joining the challenge and promoting Rachel’s values.
“How am I impacting the people around me, and how can I make that a more positive influential impact?” Lopez reflected on Wednesday. “And I think it’s going to make me feel like a lot better person.”
Rachel Scott believed that if one person could go out of his or her way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.