HOBART | Dry eyes were few and far between in the auditoriums of Hobart High School and Hobart Middle School on Oct. 1 as Rachel Scott's father Darrell shared her story in front of thousands.
Darrell Scott, the father of the 1999 Columbine tragedy's first victim Rachel Joy Scott, visited with elementary, middle and high school students in an effort to bring her Anti-Bullying message to the community.
"Through her writings in journals, it was my daughter's dream to change the world through random acts of kindness," said Darrell Scott. "She believed in compassion and kindness and in her honor we created Rachel's Challenge."
According to the Rachel's Challenge website, 160,000 students don't go to school each day because they are bullied, teased and harassed. Rachel's Challenge delivers empowering programs and strategies to help give students and adults ways to combat bullying and alleviate feelings of isolation through kindness and compassion.
"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," Rachel wrote in one of her journals according to the website. "People will never know how far a little kindness can go."
Darrell and his Rachel's Challenge team tour the world promoting Rachel's message and have visited about 30,000 schools and have reached over 20 million kids in the past 14 years.
"Darrell Scott's message and mission is profound," said Dr. Peggy Buffington, School City of Hobart superintendent. "We are honored to have him come to our community to share Rachel's legacy. Her tragic death has changed the lives of so many people and has made a tremendous impact in our world."
October is a Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The School City and City of Hobart sponsored Rachel's Challenge.