A-M Students and Staff Ready to Accept Rachel's Challenge
On December 2, 2019, students and staff at Anselmo-Merna will take part in an event called Rachel's Challenge. Our teachers and administration have identified character education as an important component for our school district. Rachel’s Challenge will provide our students a top-notch presentation, with research-based lesson plans and materials for teachers that will help all Anselmo-Merna students build strong, positive character traits. Rachel’s Challenge was started after the Columbine tragedy in 1999. Rachel Scott was the first student killed that morning, and her family has started Rachel’s Challenge in her memory. The program focuses on how kindness in adults and students can change the culture of a school. It is a “all in” approach for schools to combat bullying, and instill kindness as a value. Please click here to watch a brief, powerful video that explains Rachel's Challenge.
Rachel’s Challenge builds and improves school culture by showing students how to value and display kindness, how to combat bullying, and ways in which adults in schools can foster a positive school atmosphere. There will be two different presentations. One presentation will be targeted for K-6 students, and one presentation will be targeted to 7-12 grade students. For follow up, there is the Friends of Rachel club for secondary students, and elementary teachers will be equipped with mini-lessons focused on character building activities.
We would like to thank the Anselmo-Merna Education Foundation as well as the Anselmo-Merna Parent-Teacher Organization. The generosity of these two organizations make it possible for this great opportunity for our students and staff.