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Write America Program

February 13, 2009

Thanks to the incredible initiative of students, Darius Goes West is extremely excited to announce a big new program.

Morgan County High School (above), Jamesville DeWitt Middle School, I.S. 109, I.S. 528 and Savannah Country Day School are all incredible schools, filled with wonderful students and faculty members. They’ve helped Darius’s cause in the past, and they kept trying to think bigger. How, they asked themselves, can we make the most impact on Darius’s disease?

Their answer: reach out to other students. Not just some students, not just any students. Morgan County decided to hand-write a letter endorsing Darius Goes West to every single public high school in the country!

JDMS, likewise, decided every public middle school should get one, too! So, JDMS, I.S. 528, and I.S. 109 teamed up on the middle schools, with MCHS taking high schools. And Savannah Country Day stepped up to write to private middle and high schools.

Collectively, they would reach out to nearly 50,000 schools!

What’s more, the fine people at Advanced Turbine Support were so moved by the students’ leadership that they underwrote the cost to include a DVD of Darius Goes West along with each of the letters!

We at Darius Goes West are ecstatic at this chance to enlist so many students in Darius’s fight to eradicate Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and we are inspired by the lead the students of MCHS and JDMS have taken.

They crowded the halls, they stayed after school, and they GOT IT DONE!

February 12, 2009, the last of the mailers were sent out to the schools of America.

This took hard work on so many levels: students at the schools, teachers and faculty (especially Heather Meyer and Melissa Dardaris at JDMS, Mark Wilson from MCHS, Tristan Wright at I.S. 528, Ginny Coyne at I.S. 109), Gail MacPherson at SCDS, and supporters who devoted their time to on-line volunteering to help us maximize the impact of these mailings. Our on-line volunteers ensure that more DVDs get seen. There’s still time to volunteer! Just write to with the subject line “VOLUNTEER” for more info.

All in all, THOUSANDS of people helped make this happen. Darius and crew cannot express how much we’re moved by such an ocean of support. Thank you!!!

BUT: we’re not done yet. Now, the goal is to make these DVDs seen. Do you know a student, teacher, faculty member, or parent at a middle or high school? Tell them to look out for the Darius Goes West mailer–it’s going to the guidance office–and give them YOUR endorsement of Darius Goes West. Help us motivate students across the nation to take up Darius’s cause!

ALSO: We encourage anyone, especially students and teachers from participating schools, to join the million DVD brainstorm in the Darius Goes West Community Forum. Click here to check it out.


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4 Responses to “Write America Program”

  1. On February 17th, 2009, A JDMS student said:

    i am a student at JDMS who helped with the letter writing campaign. All of us worked so hard to get it done. we all felt really good about reaching a big goal and helping a great cause. I hope you reach your goal in spreading the word about DMD and finding a cure.

    A JDMS student

  2. On February 17th, 2009, Dariusgoeswest said:

    If…I meant WHEN, we succeed, it will be because of you and all the wonderful students supporting this film. Did ya’ll register on the forum yet? We hope to see you all there.

  3. On February 24th, 2009, Katie R said:

    I am a senior at Morgan County High School and we wrote 24,000 letters :)

    It was a very great and inspiring day!!!

    When Darius came to our school, everyone fell in love with him and wanted to help out. He’s GREAT!

  4. On March 31st, 2009, ayana said:

    I am a senior at Morgan County High School and I just wanted to say that we had people on the floor in our gym writing letters and sooo many people packing and boxing up dvds and letters it was ALOT of work but the best thing about it was that we were making a difference and helping to spread the word about Darius we had so much fun we were all ONE MORGAN!!!!! DGW KNOW ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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