Pierson to Hold Community Presentation on Spreading Kindness on Tuesday

A slide from the Rachel’s Challenge presentation outlining the organization’s call to action. Christine Sampson photo

Pierson Middle-High School is hoping to start a chain reaction of kindness in Sag Harbor with a community workshop Tuesday night by the organization Rachel’s Challenge.

Named for Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed in the 1999 school shooting in Columbine, Colorado, Rachel’s Challenge is all about spreading acts of kindness, stopping prejudice, making positive personal choices and pursuing your dreams.

“I’m here to remind you that you have a choice … to choose positive influences. You have the power to bring out the best in others,” DeeDee Cooper, a friend of Rachel Scott’s family who travels to schools around the country presenting the concepts of Rachel’s Challenge, told Pierson students during a morning assembly at the school.

The program continues Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Pierson auditorium with a version of the presentation for families and other community members.

Rachel’s Challenge at Pierson is supported by a $7,000 donation from Long Island Communities of Practice and The Tyler Project, an organization founded in 2014 to help end the epidemic of youth suicide.

— Christine Sampson