Soddy Daisy HS takes on (Rachel’s) Challenge to foster inclusion among students

The challenge takes its name from Rachel Scott, the first victim of the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999

SODDY DAISY (WDEF) – Soddy Daisy High School is taking on a challenge to end bullying and exclusion at the school.

It’s called Rachel’s Challenge, with the name coming from Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

A speaker for the non-profit organization came to Soddy Daisy to challenge students to use their social media power for positivity, but also challenged them to come up with solutions on how to make the so-called “outcasts” feel welcome.

Max Parker, a senior at the high school, provided one solution. “It’s the simplest answer ever, but just talking to them. Talking to them,and including them can make them feel special, almost. Asking them how their day was. Asking them their name. How they’re liking school. Just talking can be super simple. A super simple help.”

The principal of Soddy Daisy High School, Angie Cass, says, while the school already does a good job of inclusion, it doesn’t mean it can’t be better. “This is our chance to dig deeper. To go deeper within ourselves. To find every single opportunity that we can throughout every single day to work with our students. And work with our students who are different than we are, and make everyone feel welcomed and special.”

The motto of Rachel’s Challenge is “Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.”

Soddy Daisy will take student ideas from the day and implement them throughout the year to foster inclusion in the high school.

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