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Students Learn about Rachel's Challenge

Rachel's Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments where learning and teaching are maximized. Based on the life and writing of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy in 1999, Rachel's Challenge provides a continual improvement process for schools designed to awaken the learner in every child. Students are motivated and equipped to start and sustain a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools and communities.


The Friends of Rachel Club at the Halsted Middle School allows students to partner with Rachel's Challenge to continue the chain reaction of kindness and compassion in the school and within the community. Children are challenged to:

For more information about the Rachel's Challenge program at Project Launch Newton, call 973-940-3500, or email

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This project was funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

To Contact Project Launch Newton, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or email
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The Rachel's Challenge program sponsored by the Project Launch Newton after school enrichment program at the Halsted Middle School allows students in grades 5 - 8 enrolled in the Newton School District to continue the chain reaction of kindness and compassion orginated by Columbine shooting victim Rachel Scott.