As our children return to school, they have a wonderful opportunity to experience a life changing presentation by attending and participating in Rachel's Challenge. The message of this program is powerful and calls for awareness, dreaming big and making choices that will have a positive impact on our lives personally and on our community.
I applaud the efforts of "Not In Our Town" because this is the beginning of awareness and realization that "bullying" does not discriminate by age, sexual preferance, socio-exonomic status, religious beliefs, race, ability, physical traits or ethnicity. It shows up in all avenues of our society not just schools and in workplace. It is like a cancer and can destroy lives, families and the moral fabric of our community.
As the program moves forward, I want to encourage my fellow citizens to support Marshalltown in being proactive in our approach to identifying and dealing with this complex problem in a compassionate manner.
Some of the first steps we can take in awareness is to show support by attending upcoming community events including courthouse rally and Rachel's Challenge at the auditorium on August 30.
I also encourage everyone to look into our own hearts and decide: Am I willing to take Rachel's Challenge of starting my own chain reaction of compassion and kindness?
If we answer with a resounding YES, we can work together in making Marshalltown a better place to live and work while respecting the individuality of all our citizens.