Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized Sept. 20, during the Lee County Sheriff's Office's "Do The Right Thing" Awards Ceremony.
Each month throughout the 2012-13 school year, the LCSO will honor the positive actions of the community's students through the student recognition program. The goal is to reinforce positive behavior among youths and to establish students as role models for their peers.
Do The Right Thing partners law enforcement, local government, the business and Lee County educational community together in an effort to make a lasting positive impact on the community's young adults.
- Krystina Goodrich, of Lehigh Acres, is a fourth-grade student at Bayshore Elementary School.
Bayshore Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Barbara Nelson wrote in the nomination letter that "one of my jobs, requires a student to keep papers, and assignments for students who are absent. The student in charge of this happened to be absent, and Krystina immediately offered to do his job without even being asked. She even copied homework for this student and it was only the fourth day of school. Krystina is a great team member of our new 2012-2013 class."
- Jalen Luna, of Fort Myers, is a seventh-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
Varsity Lakes Middle School secretary Carlene Burkhead wrote in the nomination letter that "Jalen is a very nice young man who is a model student. He is not only smart and studious, but he also has the rare quality of having a wonderful personality along with being honest and polite. Because of this, it was no surprise that when he found a cellular telephone inside a desk at school, he immediately turned it in to the school office."
- Justin Estridge, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grade student at Alva Middle School.
Alva Middle School teacher Margaret Spradlin wrote in the nomination letter that "Justin found money, at school, on the gym floor. Without hesitation, Justin did the right thing and turned it in to a teacher. We are proud of his honesty."
- Taylor Wilson, of Alva, is a seventh-grade student at Alva Middle School.
Alva Middle School teacher Margaret Spradlin wrote in the nomination letter that "Taylor found a ring, at school, in the girl's locker room. Taylor could have kept the expensive looking ring, but did not. Taylor turned it in to a teacher. We are proud of this example of honesty."
- Emily Nolen, of Fort Myers, is a sixth-grade student at Alva Middle School.
Alva Middle School teacher Margaret Spradlin wrote in the nomination letter that "Emily found money, at school, on the gym floor. Without hesitation, Emily did the right thing and turned it in to a teacher. We are proud of this example of honesty."
- Cameron McKain, of Lehigh Acres, is a sixth-grade student at Alva Middle School.
Alva Middle School teacher Margaret Spradlin wrote in the nomination letter that "Cameron offered his extra folders to the class for anyone who needed a folder. He also has appointed himself as my aid, by looking through the bleacher rows for scattered handouts, saving me (his teacher) from having to climb the bleachers while still recovering from back surgery. His actions reflect a thoughtfulness and caring heart."
- Shamir Walters, of Lehigh Acres, is a 10th-grade student at Lehigh Senior High School.
Lehigh Senior High School's School Resource Officer Deputy Chris Poppalardo wrote in the nomination letter that "Shamir showed up to the first day of school and reported to the cafeteria as directed, to get his new schedule. There were over 1,600 students in the cafeteria and one of them dropped their wallet. The wallet contained debit, credit cards and social security card. Shamir picked the wallet up and turned it in."
- Tyler Lee, of Lehigh Acres, is a 12th-grade student at Riverdale High School.
Tyler's mother Cheryl Lee wrote in the nomination letter that "Tyler was driving when he noticed a SUV driving in an erratic manner. The car drove off the road and ended up in the ditch. The car was still running, the rear wheels spinning, with dirt and gravel flying from the tires. Tyler immediately responded by pulling over to the shoulder of the road, summoning help, and springing into action. He reached the vehicle and found the driver to be unconscious, with the car still running with their foot on the gas pedal. The car doors were locked. Tyler went to his trunk and took out a tire iron. He used it to break out the rear window of the car and enter the vehicle. He then proceeded to turn the vehicle off. At that moment the paramedics arrived and assisted the driver who was having a seizure. Tyler's actions that day were heroic as he saved a life."