Rachel's Challenge at First Baptist Church Aug. 3
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - A student event to promote kindness as the school year begins will be held on Friday, August 3 in Paducah.

Callie Foster of First Baptist Church of Paducah says Rachel's Challenge is designed to help students be difference-makers in their community.

Foster said, "It's aimed at teaching them how to do small acts of kindness that really make a difference in combating bullying and being kind leaders for our community."

Rev. Steve Moore said the need is massive. 

"This bullying issue issue is not anything new and yet, with social media, they don't escape it. It's all day long," Moore said. 

He said students need encouragement to show kindness, and the event will share practical steps for when school resumes in the fall.

Moore said, "We felt a sense of urgency to host this, even before school started. This would normally be in a school assembly, but we're honored to be able to host it at First Baptist."

Rachel's Challenge is named after Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed in the 1999 Columbine High school shooting. The family later learned from many fellow students about how Rachel reached out to them using kindness. Since then, the organization has touched 25 million people in promoting a positive climate and a chain reaction of kindness in K-12 schools.

Foster said the program uses real-world examples that could happen and may seem obvious, but kids don't always think about doing. These things include helping someone pick up their books in the hall, looking up from a phone to say, "Hi," to someone, or reaching out to a new person at lunch time. 

The free event is August 3 at 7 pm in the Great Room of the church. Entire families can attend, and dessert will be served. The event should last about an hour. 

Published 03:33 PM, Wednesday Jul. 11, 2018
Updated 03:45 PM, Wednesday Jul. 11, 2018

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