Character U, DeSales University’s first-year student experience program, will present Rachel’s Challenge, a program named after the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in April 1999. The program will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, in the Commonwealth Room of the DeSales University Center. It is open to the public free of charge, but registration is required. To register, contact Wendy Krisak, assistant director of counseling and coordinator of Character U, the First Year Experience, at 610-282-1100, ext.1462, or email at email@example.com.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy April 20, 1999. Shortly after the tragedy, Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father, began to speak out against school violence in a variety of forums. As a result, he founded Rachel’s Challenge, a bullying and violence abatement program
Rachel’s acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for the most life-changing school program in America. Powerful audio and video footage of Rachel’s Challenge holds students spell–bound during a one hour presentation that motivates them to positive change in the way they treat others.
Today, Darrell and 30 other speakers honor Rachel’s life by reaching the nation with her simple but profound message of kindness and compassion for others. In 2005, Rachel’s Challenge was awarded the Friends of Education award from the state of New York. The school program founded by Scott has prevented numerous suicides, drastically reduced bullying, and in three known cases prevented a planned school shooting.
The Character U program at DeSales focuses on a different theme each month. The theme for the month of March is forgiveness, which is reflected in the program, Rachel’s Challenge. The Character U Program at DeSales is designed to facilitate the adjustment, development, and success of first-year students through the acquisition of Salesian character traits: gentleness, humility, patience, and love of knowledge. Programming throughout the year reflects such character traits through keynote speakers, diverse programs, campus events and meetings with peer mentors.
For more information about this event, contact Wendy Krisak, assistant director of counseling and coordinator of Character U, the First Year Experience, at 610-282-1100, ext.1462, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release: Character U Program Presents Rachel's Challenge | Posted on: 3/3/2010
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu