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Marcellus schools, community to take part in Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel's Challenge logoJan. 24, 2017 -- Marcellus students in grades seven through 12 will attend a Rachel’s Challenge all-school assembly on Feb. 9 that is designed to motivate academic achievement and social-emotional learning by focusing on the connection between students, faculty and staff.
Using the remarkable story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy, Rachel’s Challenge awakens individual hope, desire and purpose. That, in turn, promotes safer, more connected school communities.  
High school student leaders also will receive training from a facilitator from Rachel’s Challenge, as part of an effort to equip all students with the ability to fulfill the purpose of Rachel’s Challenge.
The school district also invites the community to hear this message of hope and kindness, when a Rachel’s Challenge ambassador will share Rachel’s story with the entire community at 7 p.m. Feb 9 in the high school’s Groeling Auditorium. The program will be preceded by a community dinner at 6 p.m., as way of bringing our educational community together. If you’d like to attend the dinner, please RSVP with the number of people attending to high school Principal John Durkee via email at
Schools that have participated in Rachel’s Challenge have reported up to an 84 percent reduction in disciplinary referrals, and more than 150 suicides are averted annually, according to student reports. In a pre- and post-program attitudinal survey of 9,881 students from across the United States, respondents reported a 282 percent increase in the number of students feeling safe at school after participating in Rachel’s Challenge.
In the pursuit of its mission to awaken individual transformation and promote safer, more connected schools, Rachel’s Challenge has reached over 24 million students, educators and community members in live settings. Rachel’s Challenge continues to work hard to turn the ideals of kindness and compassion into actionable strategies that help promote safe and productive learning environments.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Mr. Durkee at 315-673-6300. For more information, visit

To learn more, watch this video.


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