Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism was recognized Nov. 15 at the Lee County Sheriff's Office's "Do The Right Thing" awards ceremony.
Each month throughout the school year, the LCSO honors the positive actions of students through the program. The goal is to reinforce positive behavior and to establish students as role models for their peers. The program partners law enforcement, local government, the business and Lee County educators in an effort to make a lasting positive impact.
A total of 28 students were honored. The following students are from the East Zone:
- Amaria Tarver, of Lehigh Acres, is a fourth-grade student at Bayshore Elementary School.
Fourth-grade teacher Stephanie Hearld wrote in the nomination letter that, "Amaria exemplifies true kindness and compassion each and every day. From the smallest gestures such as putting a cap on another student's marker to the greatest assistance such as helping a non English speaking student adjust to American schools. She exudes such a positive attitude that other students gravitate towards her and emulate her kind actions. I am so proud of Amaria and hope that she continues her positive attitude along the journey of her life."
- Ana Olvera, of Lehigh Acres, is an eighth-grade student at James Stephens International Academy.
ESE teacher Marybeth Welsh wrote that, "Ana has shown excellence by coming to class prepared to work, and when she is finished, she offers to help other students. Ana also shows respect for authority and follows directions well. Ana is responsible and can be trusted to complete errands and special assignments such as helping at the Spirit Day Store. It would be great to see her honored for doing the right thing."
- Nicholas Helland, of Lehigh Acres, is a sixth-grade student at Harns Marsh Middle School.
School Resource Officer Tricia Aponte wrote in the nomination letter that, "Nicholas was on his way to school when he found and expensive cellular telephone. He picked it up, and the first thing he did when he reached school property was he began looking for me. When he found me he turned in the telephone and explained where he had found it. His actions reflect honesty and integrity."
- Haley Negron, of Lehigh Acres, is a sixth-grade student at Alva Middle School.
Language arts teacher Roberta Barnsdale wrote in the nomination letter that, "Haley is a wonderful role model for others at our school. She demonstrates how to be a good citizen of Alva Middle School, through respecting school property and by showing pride for her school. When she became aware of two separate safety concerns at her school she came forward and shared those concerns. She displays courage and a concern for others. Great job Haley!"
- Allison Lewis, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grade student at Alva Middle School.
Physical education teacher Margaret Spradlin wrote in the nomination letter that, "Allison found a very expensive cellular telephone. Immediately, without any hesitation, she knew what to do. She turned the telephone in to her teacher. Her actions reflect honesty and integrity."
- Tabitha Long, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
School Resource Officer Yadi Perez-Luna wrote in the nomination letter that, "Tabitha wrote a detailed statement that allowed us to address a safety concern at school. Tabitha pays close attention to details and is very aware of her surroundings. She is also very concerned about her safety and the safety of others."
- Abraham Pieretti, of Lehigh Acres, is a 12th-grade student at Alternative Learning School-Central.
Guidance counselor Michael Harris wrote in the nomination letter that, "Abraham assisted in breaking up an altercation between two students on his school bus. The altercation was taking place in front of some younger children and some expectant mothers. His efforts helped stop a student from being injured."
- Cara Rossi, of Lehigh Acres, is a 10th-grade student at East Lee County High School.
School Resource Officer Melissa Smith wrote in the nomination letter that, "Cara was in the hallway at school when she observed another student drop an expensive cellular telephone. Cara picked it up, but the student who had dropped it was late for class and was running away from the scene. Cara picked up the telephone and immediately turned it over to me as the School Resource Officer. When the telephone was returned to it's owner, that student was surprised as she was not even aware that she had lost it."