First Colonial HS students take on Rachel's Challenge


by LaSalle Blanks

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 3 at 2:04 PM

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VIRGINIA BEACH – Some Virginia Beach students watched a powerful program against bullying and disrespect.

Rachel’s Challenge was inspired by the gift left behind by Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School massacre.

Weeks before she was killed, Scott had written inspirational poems that called on teens to make the world a better place, to reject prejudice and hate and start a chain reaction of kindness.

Listening to the call to action was emotional for many of the students at First Colonial High School.

“We have a friend who died less than a month ago. It connects with us,” said Jared Gomez, a senior at First Colonial.

16-year-old Tatiana Mooney says the challenge made her realize, "You have to seize the moment and make it all you can. All the people you interact with, all the people you love, you have to express those things to them."

At FC, student leaders will work with teachers to develop programs that capture Rachel’s message – that even the smallest gesture can be big.

"Like Rachel, they're going to change their school, change their community and ultimately change the world," said Toi Arnold with Rachel’s Challenge.