Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999. Thirteen people lost their lives on that tragic day, and the world witnessed what bullying could lead to. Rachel made an impact in the lives of others during her life by performing small acts of kindness and showing compassion. She had a vision that she was going to impact the world and touch millions of people’s hearts even after her death.

Shortly after her death, her father, Darrell Scott, found an essay that Rachel had written entitled “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”. In her essay she challenged her reader twice to start a “chain reaction of kindness” by helping others. Since then, Darrell and his wife have created Rachel’s Challenge based on Rachel’s writings and have since gone around the world presenting the program. In the Rachel’s Challenge program, five challenges are given to listeners that come directly from Rachel’s diaries and writings.

Look for the best in others.

Dream big.

Choose positive influences.

Speak with kindness.

Start your own chain reaction.

Sabine Federal Credit Union has started the chain reaction in Orange County by funding Bridge City High School, Community Christian School and St. Mary Catholic School, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, Orangefield High School, Vidor High School, and West Orange-Stark High School to receive the Rachel’s Challenge program. Each school has already been given their program and one of the schools has already implemented a program to continue the chain reaction in their school. During the week of January 30 – February 3, they are created a positive culture change by having Make a Friend Monday, Taste the Kindness Tuesday, Prayer Intention Wednesday, Compliment Day Thursday, and High Five Friday.

Sabine Federal Credit Union encourages all of Orange County to continue on with the five challenges that Rachel’s Challenge has left us, in hopes to transform the community.

To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge, please visit http://www.rachelschallenge.org/