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El Paso County Colorado District 49

Falcon High School to host “Rachel’s Challenge”

The Falcon School District 49 Parent Teacher Student Association will sponsor a program Sept. 17 featuring writings from Rachel Scott, the first victim to die as a result of the Columbine High School shootings, which occurred April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colo.After Rachel’s death, her family found six journals outlining Rachel’s “code of conduct.” The journals have been compiled into what is now referred to as “Rachel’s Challenge.”Her journaling reflects Rachel’s code: “If one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.””Rachel’s Challenge” and information about the Columbine tragedy will be presented in a 15-minute video production. An interactive session follows, with a trained presenter who will introduce five challenges for students, teachers, parents and community members. The challenges encourage positive interaction with others.The program will take place at the Falcon High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The public is welcome. Kim Lucas, PTSA president, said Rachel’s message is important for not only the students but also the teachers, administration and the community.Shortly after the shootings, Rachel’s father found an imprint of her hands on her dresser alongside this message: “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people’s hearts.”To help sponsor “Rachel’s Challenge” or for more information, contact PTSA president, Kim Lucas at 495-5785 or FHS Principal Mark Carara at 495-5520 and visit

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