Reading and judging all the writings submitted by the 28,379 Palm Beach County students who participated in the 2016 Challenge was an enormous undertaking that would not be possible without the assistance of the teachers, administrators and staff of the participating middle schools together with the members of the Local Steering Committee who made certain that every student who submitted a writing was considered.
The goal of the program is to reduce violence in homes, schools and neighborhoods by encouraging students to make a personal commitment to do something about this problem. Complete information about the program is available online at www.dtwt.org
There are 36,000 students enrolled in 34 Palm Beach County district operated public middle schools. Of that number, 28,379 students took the Challenge and answered the three questions in writing. Many more participated in classroom discussions.Those schools with at least 50% of their students taking the Challenge were eligible to advance their “Top 10” best student writings to the next level of judging and all of those “Top 10” students are published in this book.