Be There: "Rachel's Challenge"

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  When tragedies occur, usually only sorrow and regret take place, but sometimes those negative events can be turned into a positive. In this week's "Be There" we see how a killing that affected an entire country is touching kids here in Muscogee County.

It's been more than ten years since the shooting spree that took place at Columbine High School in Colorado, but the memory of that tragic event will never fade. Now a school in Columbus is using a program that stems from Columbine to discourage future violence.

Rachel Scott was the first person killed during the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Since her death, her parents have tried to reach out to kids all over the country.

Veterans Memorial Middle School guidance counselor Tammi Clarke explained, "They took her code of ethics and her diaries and created the program in order to encourage students to be leaders in their communities and leaders in spreading kindness and compassion."

Veteran's Memorial Middle School is bringing "Rachel's Challenge" to Columbus by hosting an assembly at Northside High School.

"It's supposed to be the biggest school assembly program in the nation, everything I've heard about it is incredible," Clarke told News Leader Nine.

The "Rachel's Challenge" speaker and the video that goes along with the program are aimed to prevent violence, suicides and bullying among young students.

Clarke said, "I think when you focus more on being compassionate and kind, it goes along with preventing violence and bullying."

The assembly is being held Thursday night at the new Northside High School auditorium from 7 o'clock until 8. The program is free to the public and the schools encourage people to come early.

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