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Edmond district receives anti-bullying grant

The $50,000 grant will be used for a program called Rachel's Challenge
BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com Published: December 3, 2012
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— The Edmond Public School District will use a $50,000 grant to implement an anti-bullying campaign and fight against teen suicide.

The grant was donated last month by an employee-funded foundation at Cox Communications, and will be used for Rachel's Challenge, a series of empowerment programs for students, said Jason Brown, the district's executive director of secondary education.

The district wants to combat youth bullying and despair with a culture of compassion, Brown said. Three Edmond students committed suicide in January.

“We were looking to solve that problem as much as possible, to give our students some kind of hope and some kind of positive message of resiliency,” he said.

The program is named for Rachel Scott, one of 12 students killed at Columbine High School during a mass shooting in 1999.

The presentations are given by members of her family and other speakers using footage of the shooting and its aftermath combined with Scott's drawings and writings. The program includes the development of school clubs to sustain its goals long-term.

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