Middle school students honored at Do the Write Thing Challenge dinner celebration

CO-CHAIRS—Joy Woodruff and the Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff, Do The Write Thing co-chairs, giving the welcome. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

There were 122 middle school students recently honored at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at the Do the Write Thing Challenge dinner celebration.
Students representing 47 schools within the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Woodland Hills School District and the Catholic Diocese, have written their hearts out on the impact of violence on their lives and have accepted the challenge to make personal commitments to help stop violence.
Over seven months, they were led by their teachers in classroom discussions on violence and created literary works which were originally read by students of Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University School of Law, which were then passed on to the Pittsburgh dignitaries to choose the finalists.
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Steelers’ Coach Mike Tomlin, Urban League of Pittsburgh’s Esther Bush, District Attorney Stephen Zappala, Highmark BCBS’ Evan Frazier and UPMC’s Winifred Torbert joined Allegheny County Family Court Judges in choosing the 122 DTWT National Ambassadors from among the 2,158 middle school student writers.
DTWT is a program of the Allegheny County Family Courts. In an effort to build bridges between schools and communities, the program brings together students, teachers and parents from all areas of Pittsburgh to celebrate a common goal: ending violence!  During the event, students are given the opportunity to mingle and shake hands with Pittsburgh juvenile judges in addition to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer.
Additionally, Chris Moore of WQED-TV, PCNC-TV and KDKA Radio served as the master of ceremonies.
DTWT, with gratitude, receives generous sponsorship from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Diehl Automotive Group, UPMC, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Giant Eagle and BNY Mellon.


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