Several schools to implement 'Do the Write Thing Challenge' in hopes of combating violence

Justin Udo
February 07, 2019 - 5:27 pm
The "Do the Write Thing Challenge" is a curriculum being implemented in 20 schools where students and teachers will discuss and write about violence in their lives, homes, and communities.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A course on combating violence gets its own spot in several Philadelphia schools, and it's being championed by people with personal ties to the issue.

When she was 16-years-old, Tiphanie White was shot in the back. 

"And it's still a traumatic experience for me. Even talking about it right now I'm getting a little emotional," she said. 

Now, White, who works as the office manager for Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, is working to help middle school students throughout the city express how violence has impacted them and solutions they have to help end it.

"I've lived it, and been through it, and survived it. By me being a part of this challenge, I just want to be able to be helpful, to give back, to kind of help them along," she said. 

The "Do the Write Thing Challenge" is a curriculum being implemented in 20 schools where students and teachers will discuss and write about violence in their lives, homes, and communities. 

"They can write an essay, they can write a poem, they can write a song. They can write a rap. So we give them many options to get it out," White explained. 

Judge Lori Dumas, the chair of the challenge, says they collect those writings from the students mid-March. They pick two winners, one boy and one girl, and send them and their families to Washington D.C. for National Recognition Week.

"We really need to sit back as adults and listen to them, and give them the opportunity to express how they think we can solve the issue," she said. 

These are issues that Tiphanie says need to be addressed now. 

"I think this challenge is going to help a lot of students, especially with the traumatic experience part," she added.