"Inspiring!" and "Amazing presentation!" were just a few of the words students used to describe a recent anti-bullying rally they attended called Rachel's Challenge. W-T Engineering, Inc. was proud to help sponsor this event put on by the Northwest Suburban Chicago Sports Council.
Rachel's Challenge was established in 1999 in response to the Columbine High School shootings where tragically, Rachel was the first victim. Choosing to focus on her life more than her death, Rachel's father, Darrell, began to speak and use writings and drawings from Rachel's diaries to illustrate the need for a kinder, more compassionate nation. The positive outlook Rachel had during her short life is being used to honor her memory by inspiring, equipping, and empowering every person to create a permanent, positive culture change in their school.
Almost 3,000 local middle-school students were invited to the rally prior to the start of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament which was held on March 7th and 8th, 2013 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL. The students were taught important anti-bullying skills and encouraged to combat the effects of bullying by starting a chain reaction of kindness. After the rally, they were able to enjoy lunch and watch an early round tournament game. W-T Engineering, Inc. was happy to contribute to positively changing the lives of area middle-school students.