CLOVIS — Students, parents and educators gathered at the Gattis Middle School gymnasium recently to learn how one of the victims of a mass school shooting in Colorado 17 years ago is continuing to inject positive change into the lives of others.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first of 13 killed – 12 students and one teacher – in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Her father, Darrell Scott, established Rachel’s Challenge, a nonprofit organization to echo his daughter’s message of motivating, educating and encouraging human compassion in young people.
Former Texas Tech University quarterback and Hereford native Cody Hodges served as the assembly presenter.
“When I was in college I heard Rachel’s dad speak,” said Hodges, who has been a Rachel’s Challenge presenter since 2007. “And when I heard her story for the very first time, it had a huge impact on my life. I had the opportunity to play football for Texas Tech and when I was playing football that was all I kind of really cared about.