SATURDAY: Juneau to Address Winners of Anti-Violence Writing Contest

Friday, April 16, 2010
By Jessica Rhoades

HELENA – Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will address the winners of the Do the Write Thing Challenge on April 17, 2010 in the Capitol Rotunda at 1:30 pm.  

“Bullying and violence doesn’t only affect those directly involved, it has a detrimental effect on the whole school,” said Juneau.  My message to students is to stand up for each other. Students like these are leaders in keeping schools safe.”

According to Office of Public Instruction Data, 23% of high school students reported being bullied on school property in 2009.

WHO: Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, Student winners and finalists, Montana Board of Crime Control and others

WHAT: The Montana Board of Crime Control will announce the ten finalists and two winners, selected from one hundred-seventy (170) Montana students from 12 middle schools throughout the state who submitted original writings.

WHEN: Saturday April 17. Celebration begins at 1:00 pm.  Superintendent Juneau will address the students at 1:30pm.

WHERE: Montana State Capitol Rotunda, Helena

The top ten finalists were chosen by a prestigious selection committee that included Judge Katherine Irigoin, Montana Seventh Judicial District, Sidney; Chief St. John, Billings PD, Billings; and Eileen Garry, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Washington, DC.   
The Do the Write Thing Challenge is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence and funded locally by the Youth Justice Council of the Montana Board of Crime Control.  To learn more about the Challenge and to read the top ten submissions please visit the Web site at:  


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