Rachel's Challenge comes to Marietta

Several community members gathered in Marietta High School's auditorium tonight to make a change.

The students of Marietta are learning about the value of kindness.
This week, Marietta city schools is working with Rachel's Challenge.

"We are hoping to equip and inspire students to make positive changes... not only in their classroom but also in the community," said Chris Laumann, Assistant Principal of Marietta High School.

Inspired by the story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the columbine high school tragedy, Rachel's Challenge focuses on creating a positive environment, which in turn, promotes safer, more connected school communities.

"Too many times we give students and kids rules and a list of rules of things they can't do. This is a program that shows kids what they can do and when there are issues going on this is a way for them to make positive changes in their school," Laumann said.

Rachel's Challenge is a program that's been around for over a decade, and has impacted over 22 million students.

Some students of Marietta High School say they've already seen a positive change in the environment at school, and it's only day two.

"We've already made differences. In the school already I can already see people making changes and being a lot nicer and kinder to other students," said Madison Gault, a student at Marietta High School.

"I think it's a really great program. I've already seen changes and it's seeming to help a lot," said Abigail Worstell, a Marietta High School student. "I know I had a lot of things to think about and when I was in there it made me re-account some of my previous decisions on what I was doing so I think it's going to be great. A lot of people seem to like it."

Rachel's Challenge schools have reported up to 84% reductions in disciplinary referrals, and in a pre and post attitudinal survey of about 10 thousand students from across the United States, respondents report a 282% increase in the number of students feeling safe at school after participating in Rachel's Challenge.