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TEACHER PACKET


Houston Challenge Packet 2018-2019 (PDF)


2019 Lesson Plan and Scenarios


CHAIRS


Honorable Ed Emmett
Judge, Harris County

ADVISOR


Honorable Patricia Lykos
Former Harris County District Attorney

COORDINATOR


Kathy Lester
State Program Director
email
713-274-7070

CO-COORDINATOR


Nora Carbajal
Program Manager
email
713-274-7070

Houston Do the Write Thing DC Recognition Week 2018 photos

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2018 Houston/Harris County Recognition Ceremony

Houston and Harris County students gathered at NRG Stadium in May for the 2018 Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge Houston/Harris County Recognition Ceremony.

Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo

Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo addresses the honorees at the 2018 Houston/Harris County Recognition Ceremony

Judge Emmett

Judge Emmett meets with all 2018 Houston/Harris County School Finalists

Stovall Middle School’s Natalie Maldonado receives award from Do the Write Thing Houston/Harris County Chair Harris County Judge Ed Emmett for being a 2018 National Finalist.

Stovall Middle School’s Natalie Maldonado receives award from Do the Write Thing Houston/Harris County Chair Harris County Judge Ed Emmett for being a 2018 National Finalist.

Krimmel Intermediate School’s Walker Hammons receives award from Do the Write Thing Houston/Harris County Chair Harris County Judge Ed Emmett for being a 2018 National Finalist.

Krimmel Intermediate School’s Walker Hammons receives award from Do the Write Thing Houston/Harris County Chair Harris County Judge Ed Emmett for being a 2018 National Finalist.

Judge Lykos is pictured with Krimmel Intermediate’s teacher Holly Walsh and National Finalist Walker Hammons and Stovall Middle School’s teacher Alison Hess and National Finalist Natalie Maldonado

Judge Lykos is pictured with Krimmel Intermediate’s teacher Holly Walsh and National Finalist Walker Hammons and Stovall Middle School’s teacher Alison Hess and National Finalist Natalie Maldonado

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Houston National Finalists

Houston Chair, Coordinators and National Finalists 2016 National Recognition Week Washington DC.

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Houston in DC

2015 Houston Teachers, Students, Parents and Coordinators in DC.

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2015 Do the Write Thing Challenge Success!

Thanks to all who made the 2015 Do the Write Thing Challenge such a success! We were thrilled to see you all at our Recognition Ceremony at NRG Center this year and hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed hosting it for you! Congratulations again to our Student Finalists!

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Alvin ISD’s Fairview Jr. High celebrated their 2015 Do the Write Thing Student Finalists

Alvin ISD’s Fairview Jr. High celebrated their 2015 Do the Write Thing Student Finalists with an awards ceremony on May 13th featuring Channel 13’s Art Rascon as their keynote speaker.

Here are the ambassadors with Jennifer Bell, Counselor, Art Rascon and Principal Dr. Bobby Martinez .

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Harris County Judge Emmett recognizes “Do the Write Thing Challenge”

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett honored nearly 200 student finalists in the 2014 Houston/Harris County Do the Write Thing Challenge in early June.

Author, motivational speaker and radio personality Dayna Steele was the keynote speaker at the annual recognition ceremony.

The Challenge is an educational initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence that encourages seventh and eighth-grade students in the community’s public and private school systems to examine the impact of violence on their lives and to write about their experiences.

The Challenge gives students an opportunity to share their stories and ideas with a large audience in hopes of making a difference in their community.

Coordinators for the local 2014 Challenge received submissions from nearly 13,000 students attending 119 schools in 40 school districts. Among the 216 student finalists, two were chosen as national finalists. The national finalists were invited to attend recognition events in Washington, D.C., on June 14.

As chairman of the Houston/Harris County Do the Right Thing Challenge, Emmett also recognized the Challenge’s two national finalists along with all finalists’ parents and teachers at the event.

The national finalists are Connor Carpenter of Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Dayton ISD and Fatima Menendez of Burbank Middle School in the Houston Independent School District.

“It’s a great honor and humbling experience for me to recognize these young students for their outstanding ideas and insights into our community,” Emmett said. “Their experiences can be heartbreaking, but their writings and suggestions may provide them with healing and may also highlight ways for others to make better decisions when faced with difficult or violent situations.”

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Houston at the National DtWT Leadership Conference

Photos from the DtWT National Recognition Ceremony in DC from June 2014. The National Finalists, their teachers and parents, and the coordinators and chairs from each site attended.

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