Wooster Way Kicks Off
Returning for its sophomore effort in the WCS district, the Wooster Rachel’s Challenge program is undergoing a couple of changes.
The Rachel’s Challenge Initiative was implemented last year throughout the WCSD in an effort to reduce bullying and increase school unity.
No longer a stand-alone program, Rachel’s Challenge will be incorporated into the Wooster Way. Administrative Intern Amanda Terakedis describes the Wooster Way as an umbrella term for all programs already in place to ensure a safe learning environment.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs explains the most significant reason behind switching to the new program lies in the greater versatility of the Wooster Way.
“The Wooster Way encompasses multiple factors around our curriculum and programming, and Rachel’s Rally is just one of the those,” Tefs said.
Returning FOR Club member Katie Brownson (11) believes that to further the agenda of Rachel’s Challenge, WHS should adopt more whole school projects.
The Wooster Way makes this more possible, as all the anti-bullying programs are compiled into one central initiative, the different smaller organizations will not be vying for the time of potential members. Rather, Terakedis believes the organization leaders will be able to more easily work together to create a significant difference in our school culture.
Terakedis hopes the changes will not be limited to the school district. She continues, saying not only will the Wooster Way be present in all Wooster City Schools, the Wayne County Public Library and Mayor Bob Breneman have expressed their support for the program.
Regardless of whether the program is referred to as Rachel’s Challenge or the Wooster Way, Terakedis reiterates the premise remains the same: create a system to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all members of the Wooster Community.