Rachel’s Challenge sends message of caring, remembrance

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    Sharon Bebout said students should practice openness and acceptance to make the world a little better at an event Wednesday dedicated to her daughter.

    The TCU chapter of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and the Brown-Lupton University Union co-hosted the Rachel’s Challenge presentation, held in memory of Amanda Bebout, a junior nursing major who took her own life in January. Sharon Bebout opened the presentation by saying what people can do to help further the challenge’s goals.

    Rachel’s Challenge involves friends and family of Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the 1999 Columbine shootings. Members of Rachel’s Challenge travel across the nation and reach out to all levels of students by telling Rachel’s story.

    After Rachel’s death, her family found her journals that described her mission to make the world a better place through acts of kindness and compassion.

    Rachel’s brother, Craig Scott, led the presentation and encouraged students to continue his sister’s legacy.

    The presentation included recordings of Rachel’s journal entries and video clips of memories from teachers and friends to emphasize the message. Craig Scott challenged the audience to make six changes to spread Rachel’s message, including choosing positive influences, daring to dream and using kind words.