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​Local 6th, 7th and 8th graders invited to participate.

The Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge has officially kicked off in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in partnership with Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. 
The Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives. Through classroom discussions and writings, students communicate what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. In addition, they make personal commitments to do something about this problem. Essays are due January 31, 2014.
CMS middle school students are encouraged to participate through any written form of expression such as; essays, poems, plays or songs.  Participating principals, teachers and students are invited to attend an annual reception to congratulate the winners and their families. 
The local reception is scheduled for April 2014.  One male and one female student winner will be eligible to travel for a week as Charlotte’s Ambassador to the National Do The Write Thing Essay Challenge in Washington, DC later this year.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department School Resource Officers have assisted in the distribution of participation forms to the schools and they will assist in the grading of the submitted essays once again this year. 
To volunteer in the reading of the essays please send your name and phone number to
For more information on the Do The Write Thing Essay Challenge call Ronnie Devine at 704-336-8630. 

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Media contacts:
Michael Sexton at 704-432-1568 (office), 704-900-9346 (cell) or
Ronnie Devine at 704-336-8630 or