April 23: AG Racine to Honor District Youth Working to Reduce Violence in Our Communities

News release from AG Racine:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23, Attorney General Karl A. Racine will honor more than 180 District students who participated in the “Do the Write Thing Challenge,” a national contest that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine how violence affects them and propose solutions to break cycles of violence in their communities. The students submitted powerful essays to OAG that describe their personal experiences with violence, its devastating effects, and their ideas on how to stop it. For the third year in a row, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) facilitated the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” essay contest at District schools. AG Racine recognizes that when there are students writing about how they are afraid to leave their homes and fear for their safety, we must take their words seriously, recognize that we have a crisis of violence, and listen to their guidance on how to create the safe communities they deserve.

During Tuesday’s recognition ceremony, AG Racine will announce the two student winners selected to represent the District alongside other state-level winners from around the country. Attendees will hear the students read excerpts from their winning and thoughtful essays and there will also be a student panel discussion about how to reduce and prevent violence. Event attendees will include members of the D.C. Council, senior leadership of the Executive Office of the Mayor, community members, and students and their families. Contest winners and AG Racine will be available for interviews.

Recognition Ceremony for “Do the Write Thing Challenge” Student Participants

Attorney General Karl A. Racine

“Do the Write Thing Challenge” Contest Winners
Student essay writers from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington; Capitol Hill Montessori School, DC Scholars PCS; Friendship Southeast Middle PCS; Howard University Middle School PCS; Johnson Middle School; MacFarland Middle School; Washington School for Girls; West Education Campus.    

6:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 23, 2018

Media notes: To attend the ceremony, credentialed members of the media must RSVP with name and publication/outlet to Andrew Phifer at andrew.phifer@dc.gov by 5:00pm ET, Tuesday, April 23, 2018. There will be ample opportunity for interviews with the contest winners and AG Racine pre-, during, and post-event.