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AT&T CONTRIBUTES $10,500 TO CAPE HENLOPEN EDUCATION FOUNDATION ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ program keeps kids on track for graduation
LEWES, DE (OCTOBER 16, 2013) —
The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation todayannounced a $10,500 contribution from AT&T to support the ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ program, an initiativedesigned to decrease discipline problems and increase student attendance.To highlight the work of the Foundation and discuss the important work it does on behalf of students in the Cape Henlopen School District, Delaware Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkopf joined Senator Ernie Lopez, Representative Steve Smyk and Mike Connors from the Foundation, alongwith officials from AT&T, to announce the contribution.Rachel’s Challenge is a national program inspired by the life and tragic death of 17-year-oldRachel Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. She left behind a diarywhere she wrote a theory that if “one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it willstart a chain reaction of the same.” Many students and community members came forward after her death to tell how her practice of this theory had actually changed their lives. The program is designed toequip students and adults with skills to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair bycreating a culture of kindness and compassion in the school and community.“CHEF is very excited to be working with AT&T to bring Rachel’s Challenge to Cape HenlopenHigh School,” said Rick Grier-Reynolds, CHEF president. “Students can’t succeed in school if they areafraid to go. This program has shown around the country how students and teachers can help makeschools a better place for students to attend, without fear.”J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic, said ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ is a greatexample of a local nonprofits teaming up with local schools and the private sector to keep studentsengaged in school and on a path to success.