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It only takes one act for kindness to spread.
Rachel Scott was the first student shot in April 1999 at Columbine High School.
One month before she passed away, she had written for a class an essay titled, “My Ethics, My Code of Life.” It wasn’t just an assignment it was something she had practiced in her life for years.
Her father, Darell Scott tells the story of discovering how she had traced her hands on the back of a dresser at 13 years old with the statement, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people’s hearts.”
This Thursday, the community is invited to Los Alamos Middle School to be touched by the life of Rachel Scott.
“I wanted this presentation because it tells a powerful life changing story but gives students/adults five positive ways to approach life. The presentation has a unique and powerful way of allowing each person who views it to think, ‘Who do I want to become? How can I become this person?’ The entire message is positive,” Los Alamos Middle School Principal Donna Grim said.
The event, which will be held at 9 a.m., will lead community members through a 60-minute presentation meant to set people thinking about how the smallest of actions can touch another in a positive way.
“‘Looking for the best and beauty in everyone,’ was one of Rachel’s philosophies that can remind us all of how to be in the world. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go,” Darell Scott wrote.
Dave Gamache will share the message of Rachel’s Challenge and is honored to be able to tell Rachel’s story. “I had been speaking in schools for nearly five years with an organization that taught wonderful guidance regarding the college admissions process. But I witnessed too many school environments where the culture seemed cruel and apathetic.
“The shootings at Virginia Tech confirmed my desire to find a message that would have the ability to change the way people treat one another.”
Gamache shares the desire to make positive change by teaching how to live a life based on compassion and kindness.
The program has given him the opportunity to show his two children how to chase their dreams and to further contribute to Rachel’s Challenge, The Gamache family moved from upstate New York to Parker, Colo., where RC is based.
Grim hopes a variety of parents and other community leaders will attend the morning presentation, but makes it clear that it is not meant for younger children.
The LAMS administrative team, Grim and Assistant Principal Rex Kilburn, along with their staff, value the potential of their student body and want to take every opportunity to set them up for success in their future. “This success comes via strong academic instruction but also through total commitment to the whole child. That is building character, empowering excellent decision making, and building bridges with others that help each of us to become better people,” Grim said.
Gamache encourages parents to attend the Thursday event. “Parents should attend because the program creates a desire to become a better person.
“Their children need support to effect changes in their lives and if the parents understand the message and begin to apply the challenges Rachel left for us – they can become a better person, parent, spouse and a more compassionate member of society.
“I have yet to meet an adult who was not moved by Rachel’s life and legacy. It will be an hour they will never forget,” Gamache said. Those that would like additional information about the presentation can call Assets In Action at 661-4846.