Rachel's Challenge: Students work toward joint rally



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Posted on February 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 16 at 2:14 PM

An invitation started by the father of Rachel Scott is changing the world.

Scott was the first victim of the Columbine Shooting. She wrote about making a difference and in death she is doing just that through Rachel’s Challenge.

Last May, Rockwall students teamed up with scores of donor businesses and the group "Kids Against Hunger" to carry off the event.

They quickly assembled the food, packed the meals and rushed them off to a million desperate and grateful Haitians.

This year in Frisco, all of Rachel's Challenge schools will be taking part in a joint rally. The groups hope to pack one and a half million meals, attract 35,000 students and generate another record.

"If you can just imaging parking lots full of bands playing, choirs singing, cheerleaders, students coming in with chain links, it's amazing what we can accomplish," said Dr. Gene Burton, Rachel’s Challenge.

Tuesday’s meeting was a planning session because organizers want students and districts to sign up as quickly as possible.

The plan is for it to be fun and like last year there will be a rally with music.

Among those at the meeting to help was Rachel Scott's dad, Darrell.

"There are times when I fantasize that she might be lurking around the corner," said Darrell Scott, Rachel’s dad. "I don't know what happens when we die. I hope she can see what we’re doing.

This year's big event is set for May 5, 2011 at Pizza Hut Park.

News 8 has partnered with Rachel's challenge this year in an effort to help young people make a difference through compassion and kindness.

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