La Crosse students to learn compassion through ‘Rachel’s Challenge’

National organization speaking to students, holding community event Thursday

Kids in La Crosse will be getting a lesson in compassion from a national organization later this week.

The group “Rachel’s Challenge” will be visiting the kids at Lincoln/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori on Thursday. The program is focused on the life and writings of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Rachel’s philosophy was that one act of kindness could start a “chain reaction” of compassion, which the group symbolizes by creating a chain of paper links.

“One of the things they advocate for and promote is that when students or adults see an act of kindness, that random act of kindness, they put a link on a chain,” said Lincoln/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori principal Melissa Murray. “So some of what they show (during their presentation) are these miles and miles of chains that come from the community.”

The students will be hearing from the group during a school assembly, but the entire community is invited to attend another presentation later Thursday night.

The community presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.