"Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer"- Rachel Scott (Code of Ethics)
Rachel's Challenge is an American, non-profit organization, with the goal of reducing and eliminating violence and school bullying. Rachel's Challenge events and seminars are most prominent in schools.
History and Background
Rachel Joy Scott was a Senior at Columbine High School known for her kindness and outreach. She was an aspiring writer, with her most famous piece being "Code of Ethics", a 2-page essay expressing how honesty and compassion impacted her everyday life . On April 20, 1999, at 11:19 AM MT, Rachel Scott was the first of 13 murdered in the Columbine High School Massacre by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, in what would be the deadliest high school shooting until Sandy Hook 13 years later.
Darrell and Sandy Scott, parents of Rachel, began Rachel's Challenge to help prevent school bullying, school violence, and teen suicide. According to their website, the organization (and subsidiary program Friends of Rachel) has reached over 22 million individuals. As of 2017, over 1.5 million individuals are taking involvement, over 1,200 schools have been reached and over 150 suicides are prevented. Schools and businesses visited by Rachel's Challenge are encouraged by the speakers to "start a chain reaction" through compassion and spreading the word .