Rachel’s Challenge celebrated May 19

Rachel’s Challenge will take center stage Monday as nearly 4,000 students from all Fort Dodge community schools and St. Edmond Catholic School gather at Dodger Stadium from 9 to 10:15 a.m.

During the assembly, students will celebrate their efforts to spread kindness and compassion. The program will include several interactive activities, student testimonials, a video presentation and cheers by the cheerleaders. FDCSD Superintendent Doug Van Zyl will speak, and a proclamation will be read by Mayor Matt Bemrich.

A paper chain representing the acts of kindness performed by students will also be displayed.

“Rachel’s Challenge continues to have a positive impact in our schools,” Van Zyl said. “Our students are showing kindness and compassion to each other, as well as to our community. We will celebrate the chain reaction of kindness created by our students and encourage them to continue their efforts throughout the summer.”

Parents and the community are invited to attend this celebration. The community is asked to sit in the northern section of the east stands. Parking at the stadium will be limited to the spaces on the west and east edges of the lot as the center parking lanes will be reserved for buses. In addition, traffic along 10th Avenue North and North 22nd Street may be delayed from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and again from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., due to students walking to and from Dodger Stadium for this event.