Bryan ISD challenging students to be more positive, encouraging

Published: Oct. 9, 2018 at 5:59 PM CDT
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This week, students in Bryan ISD are hearing about a young woman’s legacy.

Rachel’s Challenge is a program that promotes kindness and compassion. It’s giving students in Bryan a chance to sit and reflect on how they treat others.

“We go through stuff that is very hard for us to go through. It’s very hard to understand Some of us have gone through it since we were little, others haven’t for all we know. It’s, like, that can be displayed through others and how you treat others,” said Maria Martinez, a student at Rudder High School.

Bryan ISD is challenging students to be more positive and encouraging to others, which is the goal of Rachel’s Challenge.

“Being tolerant of those around you, not judging one another, looking to the heart and the character of that person,” said Gina Rodriguez, a counselor at Rudder High School.

The program is named after Rachel Scott, a student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

Students today are facing more of these acts than ever before.

“It’s like, it opens up your eyes to everything that we try not to pay attention to because we know it’s a problem, but somebody, it could have really changed somebody without him knowing it,” said Martinez.

The goal is to make schools more safe, and replace bullying and violence with kindness and respect.

“When people are hurting, sometimes the only way they know how to not be hurting themselves is by hurting others, so if we’re reaching out in kindness to those who are hurting, it might give them hope.”