Two 8th-grade students from Burnet Middle School in Austin ISD have been named national ambassadors for the Do the Write Thing Challenge. This year marks the first time that the two national ambassadors from the Austin-Travis County area have been from the same school.

Rudolph (R.C.) Hardin and Vivian Pan were selected as ambassadors for the program, which is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. NCSV is a nonprofit organization comprised of community, business and governmental leaders committed to reducing youth violence in communities throughout the U.S.

Hardin’s and Pan’s compositions were selected from among 3,820 compositions submitted by students in the Austin, Eanes, Del Valle, Manor and Pflugerville school districts. The students will have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to present their views on youth violence to national leaders.

Do the Write Thing seeks to reduce youth violence by inviting students to discuss the issue in class and write about the impact of youth violence in their communities and how to reduce it. Students are also asked to make a personal commitment to doing something to reduce violence. For more information, visit dtwt.org.

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