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What:
Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge Recognition Event
When:
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
Who:
Chief Rodney Monroe, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of NC
Andrew Murray, District Attorney for Mecklenburg County
Katherine Rea, Zone Superintendent-Southwest for CMS
Why:
Thirty-four middle school students will be recognized for their essays submitted for the 2012 Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge. Participating principals and teachers from 18 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 from July 14 through 18, 2012.

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 Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federally funded program working to keep our communities safe by eliminating gun violence. Administered by the U.S. Attorney's office, Project Safe Neighborhoods’ task force is made up of members of state and local law enforcement, community groups, educational institutions and Mecklenburg County.

For more information on the Do The Write Thing Essay Challenge call Ronnie Devine at (704) 336-8630.

For more information on the effects of gun violence in our community, call Community Support Services at (704) 432-SAFE (7233) or CSS Project Safe Neighborhoods at (704) 336-8630.

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Media Contact:
Ronnie Devine at (704) 336-8630 or Ronnie.Devine@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
Michael Sexton at (704) 432-1568 (office), (704) 900-9346 (cell) or Michael.Sexton@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov




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