The Potter County Suicide Prevention Task Force is excited to announce that after three years of hard work, Rachel’s Challenge will be providing programs for all of the Potter County schools throughout the week of September, 26th, 2016. With the funds raised and additional financial assistance given from the Potter County System of Care, this program is now a reality.
Rachel’s Challenge uses the story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine Shooting, in effort to make schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest.
There is evidence that schools that have participated and fully implemented the Rachel’s Challenge program see significant gains in community engagement, faculty and student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate. The ultimate goal of Rachel’s Challenge is to decrease harassment, bullying, and violence within the school environment. It is estimated that seventy-five percent of adolescents report being bullied at some point during their school career. The Rachel’s Challenge program has not only triggered a decline in bullying issues within the school, but has also helped avert over 150 suicides.
Rachel’s Challenge provides a comprehensive set of age-appropriate programs for K-12. The Elementary School Program will encourage students to use kind words and to do simple acts of kindness. The High School Program will address root problems such as isolation, prejudice, and bullying in an age-appropriate manner. In addition to the school centered programs, we invite you to participate in a community wide event at the Coudersport High School Auditorium on September 29th, 2016, at 6:00pm. A Rachel’s Challenge staff member will share Rachel’s story in order to promote real culture change by encouraging engagement and support from the community as a whole.
If there are any surrounding school districts that would like to preview the Rachel’s Challenge program, please contact us for a schedule of events. For questions or additional information please contact Carla Milliron at, 814-274-8651 or email Carla.Milliron@dickinsoncenter.org.
For more information about Rachel’s Challenge, visit www.rachelschallenge.org.