Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. Her goal of creating a life-altering “chain reaction” of helping people has become the foundation of a national school program to train students how to be catalysts for positive change.

The program will come to Glen Rose next Thursday when high school and junior high students meet in separate morning assemblies to view audio and video footage of Rachel's lilfe and the Columbine tragedy and participate in interactive 90-minute training session.

“It's really about giving kids the tools to make good decisions,” Randy Haney, GRHS' art director, said.

The assembly creates the “want to” or desire for positive change, Rachel's Challenge maintains. The training session teaches the “how to” and ensures that the positive impact will continue, according to the program.

A community assembly will be held next Thursday, Jan. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the high school auditorium where a speaker will conduct a session with parents and community leaders.

“This session is similar to the assembly program and ends with a specific challenge to parents and community leaders, showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their youth are making,” Rachel's Challenge says in its promotional materials.

The public is invited to the evening event. For more information, visit www.rachelschallenge.org.