Dr. Joseph Lee
Assistant Superintendent,
Safety and Learning Environment

Ellen Gray Van Arsdale
Student Intervention Services

                   Student Intervention Services

Do The Write Thing Challenge

The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives and in written form to communicate what they think should be done to reduce youth violence.  Personal responsibility is emphasized.  By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the program ultimately seeks to give them the opportunity to break the cycles of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. The Safe and Drug-Free Schools Advisory Council has reviewed and approved the Do the Write Thing Challenge of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. Seventh and eighth grade students participate in discussions about youth violence. Students may then  choose to make a personal commitment not to engage in violent acts and submit written responses to three questions: How has youth violence affected my life? What are the causes of youth violence? What can I do about youth violence? Bill Bone, Esq., chairman of the local steering committee of the Do the Write Thing Challenge, with the assistance of many community groups and leaders, conducts the program locally and provides local recognition to the winners of the writing contest. SIS actively participates in the judging of the entries. Over 19,000 students participated in SY 2011. 

Contact: Margaret Kallman -494-1471 / PX8-1471

Email: margaret.kallman@palmbeachschools.org