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New D.A. hosts ‘Do the Write Thing Challenge’ Awards

 

Middle school students from 29 area schools were honored at Hope Presbyterian Church during “Do the Write Thing Challenge” Banquet hosted by Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen Amy P. Weirich. Middle school students from 29 area schools were honored at Hope Presbyterian Church during “Do the Write Thing Challenge” Banquet hosted by Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen Amy P. Weirich last Thursday (March 24).

 
 Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen Amy P. Weirich with “Do the Write Thing Challenge” winners Muhammad Feroze and Halley Brown and Charlies Elliott of SERCO, the corporate co-sponsor. (Courtesy photo)

The students were recognized for their essays on how to change the culture of violence in our community. More than 1,800 seventh and eighth grade students from Memphis City and Shelby County Schools participated in the 6th annual Challenge.

The selection committee, which consisted of seniors and graduate students from the University of Memphis’ Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, selected two students, Halley Brown of Arlington Middle School and Muhammad Feroze, of Schilling Farms Middle School.  

Brown and Feroze both earned a trip to Washington, DC this summer to participate in the “Do the Write Thing Challenge National Recognition Ceremony.”  There they will be honored with other award winners from 28 other cities and regions who participated in the annual challenge.

The Do the Write Thing Challenge (the “Challenge”) is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV). It is designed to give middle school students the opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives and to communicate in writing what they think should be done to change our culture of violence.  Personal responsibility is emphasized.  By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the program seeks to help them break the cycles of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.

The National Do the Write Thing Challenge is sponsored by the Kuwait-America Foundation with the core mission to strengthen ties between the peoples  of the United States and Kuwait.


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