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Rachel's Challenge to Present in Russell

Rachel's ChallengeLocal families are working with Rachel's Challenge to stimulate academic achievement and social-emotional learning by focusing on the connection between students, faculty and staff.

A Rachel's Challenge staff member will share Rachel's story with the entire Russell community on Thursday, September 12.

The presentation for Russell High School students will be from 9 to 10 AM at the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend. The presentation for Ruppenthal Middle School students will be from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the RMS Auditorium. Again, the public is welcome to attend.

There will also be a leadership training session for RMS and RHS students from 1:45 to 3 PM. RHS students will be bused over to RMS for both the morning and the leadership sessions.

Using the remarkable story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy, Rachel's Challenge awakens individual hope, desire and purpose; which in turn promotes safer, more connected school communities.

Beth Pfeifer is one of the parents leading the effort to bring the presentation to Russell.

Dr. Robert Marzano, respected education researcher and author states, "Rachel's Challenge is the most powerful intervention I have seen in 40 years." Rachel's story unlocks the desire for change. Then, its programs come alongside the existing efforts of the school to sustain a culture where harassment, bullying and violence are reduced; and where teachers are free to teach and students are awakened to learn.

If you would like to help financially support this program in Russell or for more information, please contact Beth Pfeifer at 785-483-1808 or email [email protected]

Checks can be made out to the RHS General Activity Fund. Any monies above the cost of the program will be used to reward positive behavior and actions.

(Information courtesy Beth Pfeifer and Russell High School.)

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