Anti-bullying campaign

Students at Forrest City Junior High School learned of Rachel's Challenge on Tuesday. Rachel's Challenge is an anti-bullying and suicide awareness program named after Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. The program encourages students to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion. Cody Hodges, who works with Rachel’s Challenge, addresses the students while a picture of Scott is projected in the background. The Junior Auxiliary of Forrest City hosted the event with sponsorships from the St. Francis County Community Foundation, the Forrest City Education Foundation and the Forrest City High School Improvement Grant. Photo by Alan Smith.

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