Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized recently 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 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 youth.
Some of the students were:
- Nicholas Joyce, of Lehigh Acres, is a second-grade student at Manatee Elementary School.
Manatee Elementary School second-grade teacher Mrs. Ginjer Fassold wrote, "I am nominating Nicholas for his manners and willingness to always help around the classroom. When asked to do something, Nicholas always replies with, 'Yes ma'am.' He uses the phrases 'please' and 'thank you' in daily conversation. This politeness is quite admirable in a young man. In October, Nicholas won the 'Fairness/Good Sportsmanship' character award for our class. As each school day comes to an end, our class is littered with pencils, erasers and papers. Nicholas does not have to be asked to help clean up. He is the first one to pick up anything he sees out of place. He is quick to offer assistance when materials needed to be given our or put away. Nicholas realizes that the demands of the classroom are ongoing. Therefore, each day, he continues to help in any way that he can. It is a pleasure to have such a helpful student in class. Nicholas has become a role model within our classroom because of his helpful behavior. The lack of selfishness he shows is exceptional. Nicholas has a very caring heart and should be rewarded for being such a leader in our classroom."
- Omari Davis, of Lehigh Acres, is a second-grade student at Manatee Elementary School.
Manatee Elementary School second-grade teacher Mrs. Ginjer Fassold wrote, "I am nominating Omari for his overall polite demeanor and kindness towards others. Omari always has a smile on his face. He is the first student to offer help to the teacher or any peer students who appear to be struggling. He is constantly coming up to me and asking if he can pass out papers or help me in any way. Omari is the first to offer assistance when materials needed to passed out or collected. It is a pleasure to have such a positive, helpful student in my classroom. Omari was nominated as the 'most respectful' student in our class for the month of September. He is always polite and respectful to other students and teachers. Students like Omari are a great asset to Manatee Elementary School. It is obvious that Omari has been taught responsibility, honesty, respect, and the ability to care for others. Omari has a very caring heart and should be rewarded for being so concerned with other people's feelings."
- Zaire Saldana, of Lehigh Acres, is a second-grade student at James Stephens International Academy.
James Stephens International Academy second-grade teacher Kaci Boone wrote, "Zaire is very happy, respectful, loving and caring to his peers. He also extends those positive qualities to his parents, grandmother and his teacher. He goes out of his way to help me and his fellow classmates. Zaire is always very dedicated to accomplishing his work at 110 percent. He's a great and very happy child. He would cherish this award."
- Diona Roberts, of Fort Myers, is a seventh-grade student at Alva Middle School.
Alva Middle School staff member Rogene Wilson wrote, "Diona became aware of a serious safety matter. It was a difficult and uncomfortable situation to be in, yet Diona knew in her heart what had to be done. Diona reported a serious safety matter to the school counselor. It took a lot of inner strength and caring to do this."
- Richard Maly, of Fort Myers, is a seventh-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
- Alianna Ortiz, of Fort Myers, is a seventh-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
- Alyssa Smithwick, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
- Daizhuan Rollins, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
- Juan Carlos Vega, of Lehigh Acres, is an eighth-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
- Gavin Crider, of Fort Myers, is a seventh-grade student at Varsity Lakes Middle School.
Varsity Lakes Middle School school receptionist Karen Osborne wrote, "These six students are members of the Varsity Lakes Middle School Cadet Program. They are very responsible, courteous, kind and well mannered. They are role models for our students. In particular they take their job of the Flag Detail very respectfully and seriously each day. Whenever they are tasked to do something, they accomplish it in excellent fashion. They take their roles as Cadets professionally and promptly."