To the Editor:

Last May, more than 700 students at Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford attended an assembly presented by Rachel's Challenge.

In addition, 100 students were trained in how to be peer representatives in starting a For Rachel Club (FOR) at SMS and more than 300 parents and children attended an evening presentation discussing the tenants of the program and how we can affect change in our own community.

Due to the overwhelming positive response, the program is being brought to Schaghticoke and Sarah Noble on Oct. 15 and 16.

The free evening event is open to all in the community and is grade appropriate for seventh grade and up. It will take place at Schaghticoke Middle School Oct. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Please feel free to contact Mikki Harkin at 860-210-0267 or Mik1093@aol.com if you have questions or need more information.

The Rachel's Challenge website is www.rachelschallenge.org.

Rachel's Challenge is a powerful true story of a girl who knew kindness and compassion were the keys to reaching and impacting adolescents.

Students are bombarded daily with bullying and negativity, and Rachel's Challenge aims to overcome bullying with kindness.

You will be inspired to create an atmosphere of acceptance and awareness, be encouraged to reach out to others, and motivated to eradicate bullying, teasing and gossiping.

Whether you have a child in school, you are a grandparent or just a concerned member of the New Milford community, I truly believe you will find something in this evening program that will make you sit up and say "Wow!"

By attending, you are showing an interest in taking a first step in helping to eradicate bullying and making this community a place where we can create a permanent positive culture starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

Mikki Harkin

New Milford