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Brockport CSD to host Rachel’s Challenge Community Event - Oct. 2

Brockport Central School District is working with Rachel’s Challenge to stimulate academic achievement and social-emotional learning by focusing on the connection between students, faculty and staff.  Using the remarkable story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy, Rachel’s Challenge awakens individual hope and purpose, which in turn promotes safer, more connected school communities.

On Monday, October 2, 2023, Brockport CSD will be hosting a Community Event from 7-8 p.m. in the Brockport High School Auditorium (700 Central School Dr.). A Rachel’s Challenge staff member will share Rachel’s story. All families and community members are welcome to learn more about this program. Note: The content is geared towards students in gr. 7-12.

This tragic yet inspiring story illustrates how deliberately reaching out to others with kind words and small acts of kindness can have a life-changing impact. The district is building on the success seen with the program last year and will again present Rachel’s Challenge to students in grades 7-12 through age and content-appropriate assemblies and chain reaction workshops. The goal is to work as a team to inspire and empower students to affect permanent, positive change within the district and community through their actions and words.     

“We are excited to offer this inspiring initiative for a second year and urge families to attend our community event,” said Superintendent Sean Bruno. “We look forward to partnering with our families and our community to promote a safe and productive learning environment. Together we can turn ideals of kindness and compassion into actionable strategies and make Brockport CSD the best it can be.”

In just over two decades of social-emotional and mental health training, Rachel’s Challenge has reached over 30 million students, educators, and community members. Its programs, along with the existing efforts of the schools, have helped to sustain a culture where harassment, violence and self-harm are reduced; where teachers are free to teach, and students are empowered to learn. An independent study conducted by Multi-Dimensional Education, LLC, a nationally recognized educational program evaluator, found that, “schools implementing Rachel’s Challenge with fidelity achieved statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential and school climate; along with a reduction in bullying behavior.”

Rachel’s Challenge: The story that changes everything

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