Rachel’s Challenge

Lake Country Power to sponsor Rachel’s Challenge at Virginia Public Schools.

Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. As part of its commitment to community, Lake Country Power will be sponsoring a challenging and powerful message of kindness and compassion for students and community members at the Virginia High School Auditorium at 411 South 5th Ave, Virginia, MN.

An evening assembly for parents and the general public will be held Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Virginia High School Auditorium. The assembly is free, and everyone is urged to attend.

Since 2010, Lake Country Power has sponsored Rachel’s Challenge for 17 schools throughout its service area, and will sponsor the program for three more schools this fall.

Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting that occurred April 20, 1999, wrote several journals and said, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Inspired by her theory and journal writings, Rachel’s family created the Rachel’s Challenge program – an anti-bullying, anti-violence program – to spread her powerful message and inspire people to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. The program addresses today’s issues of bullying, feelings of isolation and despair, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence and increasing disciplinary actions.

Rachel’s Challenge is the largest in-school assembly program in the country and has been seen by more than 22 million people. The program has also reached Ireland, Australia and Canada.

The school program will consist of two primary parts:

  • A school assembly — During the assembly, students learn about Rachel’s life and are challenged to make a positive impact on their world. Students listen intently as the speaker talks about Rachel’s life and code of ethics during the 60-minute presentation. A peer training session will also be available for students. There will be two separate school assemblies: one for grades 4 – 8 on Sept. 28 and the other for grades 9 – 12 on Sept. 27.
  • An evening assembly for the public — The public is invited to attend an evening assembly on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. where they will hear a powerful program and be inspired by the five challenges Rachel left behind.

For more information about Rachel’s Challenge, visit

  • Virginia Minnesota Public Schools
  • ISD 706
  • 411 South 5th Ave.
  • Virginia, MN 55792
  • Phone: 218-749-5437
  • Fax: 218-741-8522