AMOCO Federal Credit Union recently teamed up with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and BP Texas City to sponsor Rachel’s Challenge for Galveston County Schools.
Teachers, parents and more than 8,300 students from Galveston County schools have taken part in Rachel’s Challenge, an educational program devoted to preventing violence and bullying by engaging kids and adults to spread acts of kindness and compassion, over the past few months.
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, according to the $564 million, Texas City, Texas-based AMOCO.
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 club for their particular school. While every student is encouraged to join the FOR 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.”