Pittsburgh DtWT * Court Of Common Pleas * 440 Ross St., Rm. 5065 * Pittsburgh, PA 15219

(412) 350-6281

An educational initiative of the national campaign to stop violence.

Letter to Teachers

Pittsburgh “Do the Write Thing Challenge”

To: All Participating Pittsburgh Area Schools

        Welcome to the 2019 Pittsburgh “Do the Write Thing Challenge” (DtWT). We are very pleased to have you and your students involved in this unique program designed to give 6th, 7th & 8th grade students the opportunity to communicate their thoughts on the impact of violence on their lives and to make personal commitments to reduce violence.

        The Pittsburgh DtWT is a program of the Allegheny County Family Courts under the direction of Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff and his co-chair, wife, Joy Maxberry Woodruff. More than 13,000 students have submitted writings to the program since its inception in 2008 and over 1,250 students have been honored at the annual DtWT Dinner Celebration; which brings together students from several school districts across Allegheny County.

        At the dinner, the girl and boy National Ambassador students are announced! They, in turn will be honored (annually in July) in Washington, DC, along with their teacher and a parent during the DtWT National Recognition Week. The 'Ambassadors meet with national leaders/policymakers to discuss youth violence issues and a book of their writings is inducted into the United States Library of Congress.

        Due to the generosity of our sponsors (listed below), we award Lap-top Computers, E-Readers, E- Tablets and Steelers tickets to the 6 students judged to have the best overall writings while their teachers receive monetary  & other awards. We also award the top student writers from all the schools with Pirate tickets, a DtWT shirt and other award items. 

        This program year, the deadline for the submission of student writings to the Pittsburgh DtWT office is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 25, 2019 in order to allow the proper amount of time to evaluate the student writings. You may print additional copies of the Pittsburgh DtWT documents by visiting the website at http://www.dtwt.org/participating-locations/pittsburgh-pa. Please be certain to print only Pittsburgh documents and not those of the national program. 

        If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Pittsburgh DtWT  at 412 350-6281.


         Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff  (Chair)                          Louis Ransom, Jr. (Co-coordinator)

         Joy Maxberry Woodruff  (Co-chair)                        Grace Orsatti, Esq. (Co-coordinator)


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