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Remsen Central School District to Hold Rachel’s Challenge Community Event

Rachel's Challenge The Remsen Central School District is committed to providing all of our students with a safe, supportive learning environment that prepares them to be responsible citizens and supports the District’s mission to “foster a conscientious desire to learn and achieve to individual potential.” To support the District's mission, Remsen is implementing the Rachel's Challenge program in both the Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School for the 2018-2019 school year.  The program, named in memory of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy, is designed to inspire, equip and empower people to create a positive culture change in their school and community by starting a chain reaction of respect, kindness and compassion. The objectives of Rachel’s Challenge include:

  • Create a safe and productive learning environment by delivering proactive solutions to violence and bullying
  • Stimulate real culture change by actively involving the entire community in the process
  • Change lives by providing culturally relevant social/emotional training
  • Improve achievement and ensure results by engaging the participants heart, head and hands

Assemblies to introduce students to Rachel’s Challenge will be presented during the school day on September 24 at the Elementary and September 25 at the Jr./Sr. High.

As part of the program, we are also planning to create a Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club at both Remsen schools, where students can meet to work on the planning and development of activities, projects and events to spread kindness and compassion in their school and community.

You can help us motivate our students toward positive change in the way they treat others by encouraging your child to create a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. With this goal in mind, we would like to invite our Remsen students, families, staff and community members to join us for a special Rachel’s Challenge Community Event on Tuesday, September 25 at 5 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria. The event will include a potluck dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation about Rachel’s Challenge at 6 p.m. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass. Childcare for children 11-years-old and under will be provided during the presentation.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host Rachel’s Challenge at Remsen this school year and look forward to seeing you at the Community Event on September 25!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly or visit for more information about the program.


Rebecca Dunckel-King