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April 8, 2014

WHAT:  Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge Recognition Event
WHEN:  Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Training Academy
1770 Shopton Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 (directions)
WHO: Chief Rodney Monroe, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
         Jill W. Rose, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of NC
         Andrew Murray, District Attorney for Mecklenburg County
         Katherine “Kit” Rea, Central Learning Community Superintendent for CMS
WHY: Fifty middle school students will be recognized for their essays submitted for the 2014 Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge.  Participating principals and teachers from 25 schools will be in attendance at the annual reception to congratulate the winners and their families. One male and one female student will be selected to go to Washington, DC representing Mecklenburg County in the National Do The Write Thing Essay Challenge in the summer of 2014.
The 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 the problem.
The local effort is spearheaded by Mecklenburg County Community Support Services in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
For more information on the Do The Write Thing Essay Challenge call Ronnie Devine at (704) 336-8630.

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