Rachelís Challenge is a program with hopes of starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

The family of Rachel Joy Scott, one of 12 students murdered at Columbine High School in 1999, developed Rachelís Challenge for the purpose of school assemblies and community meetings which will hopefully lead to academic improvement, higher attendance levels, less bullying, fewer dropouts and a friendly atmosphere.

The program will be at Alvarado High School for two morning assemblies Oct. 8, followed by a community assembly at Charles Head Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.

School board members agreed to move the beginning of their meeting on this same date to 8 p.m. so they could also attend the community-wide event.

Rachelís Challenge is a non-religious, non-political and nonprofit organization.

For more information on the Rachelís Challenge program, visit the Web site at rachelschallenge.com.