Project Description

Knowing that too many of our local young people are affected by violence and its physical and emotional trauma, Bill Bone serves as campaign chairman of the Palm Beach County Do the Write Thing Challenge.  This is the local chapter of a nationwide movement among students to understand youth violence and bring their own creative problem-solving to find solutions. Annually, this classroom program is embraced by nearly 80% of the school district’s 36,000 middle school kids, who take part in classroom discussion and essay writing about the root causes of youth violence, its effect on their lives, and ways to reduce violence.  The program, established by the D.C.-based National Campaign to Stop Violence, is now 20 years old.  Students are recognized for their work at the level of classroom, school, chapter, and nation: Each year, two student ambassadors take part in a national gathering and awards ceremony, and outstanding student essays are published.