Navasota ISD Students Taking Rachel's Challenge

School bullying and violence are being talked about in a new way in Navasota.

News 3 was at John C. Webb Elementary School Tuesday and discovered Rachel's Challenge.

It's an anti-bullying and violence abatement program started by the parents of the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.

Jonathan Oliver is in the business of making kids feel good about themselves.

He's a presenter for Rachel's Challenge, helping kids of all ages learn how to treat each other better and not bully.

"I want to accept the challenge," said several second and third graders.

They said they learned a lot.

"It was good," the group added.

"If it was one word that they can grasp that would be hope, that would be hope you know. Hope for opportunity, hope for success hope for love, hope for acceptance. Hope for just a chance to understand what it means to feel compassion," said Jonathan Oliver.

This message has been brought to more than 18 million school kids across the country by more than 50 presenters. Jonathan Oliver estimates he's spoken to at least a million kids.

It's named after Rachel Scott, the first student to be killed in the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999.

Rachel was known for her kindness.

"Through that tragedy this triumph of kindness and compassion has grown," said Oliver.

Navasota ISD Parent Coordinator Holly Witherwax says all students at Navasota ISD will see a presentation based on their age .

"We want a whole community impact and not just our schools but our families our parents and everybody in our surrounding area," she said.

Third grader Samantha Garza is signing up for Rachel's Challenge.

"Today I felt like you could be nice every time and that you can change the world," Garza said.

A message for everyone with a hope it'll impact even just one life.

And the public is invited to come out to the Community Kindness Rocks Bash at the end of the event.

That's happening Wednesday night at 5:30 at Brule Field in Navasota.


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