For over 14 years the HBAA has participated in "Do the Write Thing" Challenge sponsored by the National Campaign to Stop Violence. The program is an essay competition for seventh and eighth graders. Each student is required to write a composition explaining how violence, gang activity, and drugs affect their livers. Each year HBAA members read over 1,500 essays and selected one boy and one girl winner from each school.
Essay winners and their families attend a recognition dinner and awards ceremony in May. The top boy and girl essay writers receive a trip to Washington, DC in July. The winning essays are bound and deposited in the Library of Congress.