Rachel Scott's father talks life and death in Arlington




Posted on January 7, 2011 at 4:27 PM

ARLINGTON — Workers are trying to get Rangers Ballpark in Arlington ready for its first playoff game since 1999, but it was another story from 1999 that brought North Texans to the stadium on Tuesday.

They weren't there to talk balls and strikes, rather life and death.

Even though she's been gone for 11 years, Rachel Scott, in a sense, remains larger than life.

"I know that my daughter dreamed big. She said her hands were going to touch the hearts of millions of people... She said people would never know how far a little kindness can go and it's proof of what she said," said Rachel Scott's father, Darrell Scott.

Rachel's prediction that she would someday touch millions of lives has come true, in a way that her brother says that not even she could have imagined.

"My sister was killed in the Columbine shooting and she was a very kind and compassionate person and that's what she wanted to do, she wanted to start a chain reaction of kindness," said Rachel's brother, Craig Scott.

Rachel's father and brother spent the morning in Arlington spreading her message of kindness to others, to 40 superintendents from all across North Texas, who want to implement Rachel's Challenge in their districts.

"It's unfortunate that we need this but in our school system today, we definitely need something like this to help us reach students, who might be actors and act out in a way that may not be desirable," said Crandall ISD Superintendent, Larry Watson.

Rachel's Challenge offers programs that encourage student to recognize their purpose in life and see the best in others.

This month alone, Rachel's Challenge will reach 500,000 students in 460 schools all across the country.

"We've seen over 350 suicides prevented over the last 18 months, that we know of, from e-mails from students. We've seen several school shootings prevented," said Darrell Scott.

Rachel's hands have indeed, touched millions.

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