Before the Columbine shootings on April 20, 1999, she touched others in her daily life. And now, 11 years later, Rachel Scott's story continues to inspire people and promote kindness.
Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine shootings. She was 17-years old and before her death she kept multiple diaries that outlined things she wanted to accomplish. Now, "Rachel's Challenge" is working to spread her message around the world and challenge today's youth. Tri-Valley Schools heard that message Thursday.
"It's amazing to be able to spread the things that she said in her diary and to think that someone even wrote that in their diary to keep track of something that she's so passionate about. That she had this goal to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that would ripple around the world. And to write that and to be able to see that happen is amazing," says Amber Smith, program presenter.
Smith says that "Rachel's Challenge" has reached out to more than 14 billion people worldwide within the past 11 years.
"We've seen a lot of positive outcomes as well as suicides being prevented. People have written in saying before "Rachel's Challenge" came to their school that they were actually going to commit suicide. But after "Rachel's Challenge" came, people started treating them nicer. People started being more thoughtful of them and noticing them and they didn't take their life."
You can find more information by visiting www.rachelschallenge.org.