(Anita) The CAM School District in cooperation with First National Bank and Cornbelt Insurance, are hosting a middle school, high school and community anti-bullying program next week. K-8 Principal Larry Hunt says the district has scheduled a program called “Rachel’s Challenge” for the middle and high school students as well as the community on January 10.
“Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life of Rachel Scott,” stated Hunt. “Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine School shootings back in 1999. And with her writings and some of the things she had talked about her dad has started an anti-bullying and harassment program that has received a lot of nationwide attention.”
Hunt says the core component of Rachel’s Challenge is a spellbinding and impassioned school assembly that tells the story of 17-year-old Rachel Scott and inspires a desire for changes among students.
“It addresses getting the kids the skills to combat bullying and maybe relay the feelings of isolation that come with some of our students,” said Hunt. “We are hoping that this will help us gets some kids to learn how to deal with this in a little more proactive way.”
Hunt says there will be three sessions including; one at the middle school from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and at the high school from Noon to 1:00 p.m., a student training session from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a Community Presentation on the components of “Rachel’s Challenge” will be held at the CAM High School from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students, parents and the community are invited to attend.
“The process we have to take to combat the bullying and the harassment issues not only happens at school but we need to get into the community and the home,” Hunt said.
The CAM Board of Directors and administrators believe this program will “real life meaning” to their students and community on the problems their students are facing with bullying and harassment. It is unique in that the assembly is followed up with student training, a permanent school club and a community presentation.
January 4, 2013