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Reaping the Rewards of an Excellent Anti-Bullying Program at Your School

You’ve no doubt read the basics in our first post, “Creating an Anti-Bullying Program in Your School – Step 1” and a more in depth description of a program we are very proud and honored to make you aware of, “Creating an Anti-Bullying Program in Your School – Step 2”, as we open up Rachel’s Challenge and peel back the layers. In Step 3, we are going to discuss the rewards for the schools that take on this challenge. 

Working together with schools, communities and with the Rachel’s Challenge Organization to make presentations and bring an understanding of the program to a local level, more than 25 million people have been touched. That’s a lot of people! But there are more! Each year the program increases in what it tells students to do and how to continue the chain reaction. 

In its earliest stages for elementary school, Columbine is never mentioned.  At this stage it’s all about kindness, compassion and being the force behind those ideals. Teaching children how to be kind and how to be compassionate and why is important to the program and the basis for a good start in their educational career.

The middle and high school programs continue promoting a feeling of safety and protection so that children feel accepted at school and they in turn learn to accept others with different beliefs and different haircuts or dress. It is about learning acceptance and promoting that acceptance to others.  The challenge discussions are more in depth and a greater emphasis is placed on self and how keeping your words kind and being compassionate to others can help keep feelings of inadequacy in check. Your kindness has a chain reaction to those around you.

A few of the statistics quoted on the Rachel’s Challenge site are:

“Rachel's Challenge programs provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for positive climate and culture in our schools. Fully implemented, partner schools achieve statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in bullying, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Every year:

  • Over 1.5 million people are involved in Rachel’s Challenge programs.

  • More than 1,200 schools and businesses are reached.

  • Over 150 suicides are averted.

  • Bullying and violence decrease.

  • Community service and acts of kindness increase.”

Why not look at the Rachel’s Challenge Program for your school? Rachel’s Challenge Organization is a non-profit organization that seeks to better schools and businesses, creating a safe open environment for learning and working in bully-free environments. Visit www.rachelschallenge.org today. It’s a good move.


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