Assistant Principal inspired by story of Columbine High School student

Life lessons come from story of fallen student

FORT COLLINS - Brad Nye never knew Rachel Joy Scott.

But year after year, the assistant principal of Fossil Ridge High School introduces his students to Rachel's Challenge.

“We're actually the first school in the country to create a 4-year year comprehensive plan of fully integrating Rachel's Challenge into our culture,” he told Denver7 on a recent visit.

Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School shooting.

Her father created Rachel's Challenge to help others and share her story, a cause Nye is dedicated to.

“To kinda reach out and try to help out young teenagers and middle school students, really learn how to treat people the right way with kindness and compassion,” he said. “I think Rachel would want us to go out of our way to give everybody a chance,”  

Fossil Ridge senior Jade Jones remembers the first time she heard about the program.

“Freshman year we all had this big assembly and we got to go in a hear Rachel's story and her challenge. And i just remember sobbing like a baby.”

For his dedication to the Rachel’s Challenge program, U.S. Bank presented Nye with a $500 gift card.

You can learn more about Rachel’s Challenge and how the program works at various school levels by following the link to their website.

 

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