Rachel's Challenge: Darrell Scott




Posted on January 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 7 at 4:27 PM

SOUTHLAKE - This year, WFAA is recognizing North Texas schools that are making a difference. 

So, far more than 100 schools have accepted Rachel's Challenge. Dozens more are jumping on board in what has proved to be a life-changing program for many students and educators.

Darrell Scott beamed when he talked about his daughter, Rachel. Rachel was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting massacre in Colorado 11 years ago.  But, it's Rachel's life, not her death, that gives Scott inspiration. 

"The heart is more important than the head," he said. "... If we can reach the heart of the students, they will give us their head; they will give us their hands, and we've seen that in the past 11 years."

Scott and his wife, Sandy, started Rachel's Challenge shortly after their daughter's death. It's a movement inspiring students worldwide through the encouragement of spreading a message of hope.

That message was delivered in Southlake to a roomful of 85 school administrators from all across North Texas. All will bring Rachel's Challenge back to their districts, including Jeanie Gilbert, an assistant principal at Norwood Elementary School in Burleson. 

"It is incredibly awesome that they thought enough of us to want us to come out here, that they are aware that this is a problem in our district, that they are very actively seeking a way to address that with our students," she said.

Schools worldwide, including 100 in North Texas this year alone, have accepted Rachel's Challenge.

"If you look at the map of Texas on our United States map, it's completely covered with pins," Scott said. "We're going to run out of spots to stick the pins. That's a good problem."