La Crosse students learn about ‘Rachel’s Challenge’

Message of compassion spreads from school shooting victim

A message of compassion from a school shooting victim is challenging our community to be kinder.

La Crosse Lincoln Middle School students heard from a speaker for Rachel’s Challenge.

It’s based on writings from Rachel Scott, the first victim of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. She wrote essays and journal entries on going out of her way to show kindness.

The purpose is to inspire students and the community to make the world a better place one compassionate act at a time.

“They can have an impact on the world, they can have an impact on their schools, that no one should ever feel alone and they have the power and ability to change someone’s life and create the type of school that they look forward to coming to every single day if they can show kindness and respect and compassion to the people that are around them,” said Keyona Williams, a speaker for Rachel’s Challenge.

There’s another presentation from Rachel’s Challenge at Lincoln Middle School at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to everyone, though the content may be a little heavy for kids.