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Do The Write Thing

The Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, a non-profit organization made up of businesses, and


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 2012 Recognition Event
Charlotte Museum of History
April 24, 2012

community and government leaders. This group is committed to reducing youth violence, and improving the health of our families and communities. The Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge Program began in 1994 as a local program in Washington, D.C. and expanded in 1996 to other cities across the U.S. Today, the program includes eighteen cities and twenty National Guard sites.





Charlotte-Mecklenburg was invited to join The Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge Program in 1998 when the national office contacted Mecklenburg County asking them to manage the local initiative. The local program was launched as a pilot project in 1999 with participation from after-school programs.

One of the program's primary objectives is to motivate students to make a personal commitment, in writing, to help prevent and reduce youth violence in their home, school, and communities.

  • How has youth violence and drugs affected my life?
  • What are the causes of youth violence?
  • What can I do about youth violence drugs?

Volunteer readers will judge the essays. TO VOLUNTEER please Email your Name & Phone Number to Ronnie Devine.  

Essays are due on Friday, January 31, 2014.

One male and one female student will be selected as the challenge program "winner" for their middle school and will attend a awards reception. Date and location have not yet been determined.  Last year it was held on April 24, 2012 at the Mint Museum on Randolph Road. 

One male and one female "finalist" will be determined to represent Charlotte-Mecklenburg in the national event taking place in Washington, DC later this year.

Ronnie Devine
Project Safe Neighborhoods


Teacher Instructions

Cover Sheet & Consent Statement Form

Participation Form


 Do The Write Thing Ceremony

 Do The Write Thing Ceremony

Do The Write Thing poster (PDF)



2013 Do The Write Thing Ceremony

2012 Do The Write Thing Ceremony

2011 Do The Write Thing Ceremony


Local Awards Reception           




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Washington, DC event

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National Campaign To Stop Violence  

CDC-Violence Prevention


"The students have been working really hard on their entries, and I've seen some outstanding ones! Thank you again for doing this contest. I found out just how many of our students have been victims of bullying/youth violence; quite a shocking number of students -- some that you would not even suspect -- shared very personal stories that even made many of their peers cry. I think the sharing of such stories brought the students closer together."
(Andrea Reimers, Grade 7 Language Arts Teacher, Davidson IB Middle School)

For more information on the effects of gun violence in our community, call the Project Safe Neighborhoods Division of Community Support Services at (704) 336-8630.



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