Rachel’s Challenge Coming To Clear Springs High School
LEAGUE CITY, Texas – Students, teachers and parents from local schools have taken part in Rachel’s Challenge over the past few months. The educational program has gained national notoriety – as well as praise from educators and parents alike – on the strength of its message: kindness, compassion and starting positive chain reactions. The program is devoted to prevent violence and bullying by engaging youth and adults to spread acts of kindness and compassion. AMOCO Federal Credit Union, along with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and BP Texas City, are proud to sponsor Rachel’s Challenge for Galveston County Schools.
To date, La Marque Middle School, Clear Falls High School, Santa Fe High School, Dickinson High School, Clear Creek Intermediate, Seabrook Intermediate, Clear View Education Center, La Marque High School, Hitchcock High School, High Island High School, and Texas City High School have taken part in the program, totaling over 8,300 students! The Rachel’s Challenge program includes student/teacher assemblies held on campus, followed by a community-wide evening event open to all students, parents, and businesses in the community.
The assemblies begin with a brief video presentation where viewers are introduced to Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy. As the assembly continues, friends and family members, via video testimonials, describe who Rachel was and how she positively impacted their lives. This one-hour multimedia assembly is emotionally charged and sets the stage for the 90-minute training session for student leaders and adults that follows.
After the assemblies, a group of students are chosen to initiate a "Friends of Rachel" (F.O.R.) club for their particular school. While every student is encouraged to join the F.O.R. Club, this particular group of students is responsible for carrying on the program message throughout their school with the unified goal to make positive changes. A student from Clear View Education Center said, “I just want to thank Rachel’s Challenge for passing this message on to us. This message, along with our speaker, Dave, gave me the will today to keep on living. Until today, I thought no one cared or even would notice if I decided to kill myself. After the challenge, I can see that people truly do care, even if they don't know me. I accept this challenge, and I hope to devote my life to this cause.”
AMOCO invites you to attend a Rachel’s Challenge community-wide event on Thursday, January 19 at Clear Springs High School at 6:30 p.m. Students and teachers will start with a program called “Rally Against Rage” and finish with a community assembly at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to help AMOCO extend this program school district by school district throughout all K-12 schools in Galveston County, please consider sponsoring a school near you or making a monetary contribution to the Rachel’s Challenge Galveston Community Activation Fund. To donate, please contact Pete Vargas, national marketing director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.895.7060, Ext. 711. News Media Representatives are welcome to attend the Rachel’s Challenge program at Clear Springs High School. If interested, contact the school directly for media access.
AMOCO Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial organization. AMOCO’s mission is to serve and satisfy its members” and has done just that over the past 75 years. AMOCO strives to provide the best products and services available to its members by offering low loan rates, higher dividends and higher savings rates. For more information on Rachel’s Challenge, please contact Lori Korndorffer, marketing specialist for AMOCO Federal Credit Union at 281.534.5515 or lkorndorffer@ amocofcu.org.