Keynote Speaker Michael Scott of Rachel's Challenge presents at the 2019 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium. The slide on the screen behind him reads Look for the best in everyone. Eliminate Prejudice.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2019 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium: Create a Culture of Kindness, featuring keynote speaker Michael Scott of Rachel’s Challenge.


Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. After her death, many students that Rachel reached out to shared stories with the Scotts about the profound impact her simple acts of kindness had on their lives; even preventing one young man from taking his own life. They soon realized the transformational effect of Rachel’s story and started the non-profit that is Rachel’s Challenge today.

Michael Scott is Rachel’s youngest brother. Has been a public speaker since 2008, sharing Rachel’s story with thousands of students across America. Michael has been featured in many publications and on many television shows, including Teen People and Dateline.

Rachel’s Challenge has reached more than 28 million people in the last 18 years of live presentations and trainings.

Her legacy is the foundation for creating programs that promote a positive climate in K-12 schools. Her vision to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion is the basis for their mission: Making schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest.


The Keeping Kids Safe Symposium is for school district employees, including:

  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • SAP
  • Emergency Response Team Members
  • Incident Command Team Members

Educators may earn four (4) Act 48 hours for attending the seminar.

Community partners, including elected officials, mental health professionals, and first responders are also invited to attend.

Sponsored by the Berks County MH / DD Program

Register Now - Click Here