The Cape Coral Police Department held its April Do The Right Thing ceremony Wednesday at City Hall. Nine students were recognized.
- Andrew Stufano, 6th grade, Challenger Middle, son of Pat & Lori Stufano
Andrew lost his 21-year-old sister, Jenna, recently. She was in Hope Hospice during the winter months. Andrew misses his sister a great deal and wanted to do something positive to honor her life, so he wrote a proposal and spoke with the school principal about conducting a canned food drive to benefit the needy. He recruited two of Challenger's clubs, SADD and the Anti-Bullying Club, to sponsor him with his project he calls the "Gift of Hope," and created a list to be distributed to his school of food items which are of the greatest need. At the end of the specified time period, Andrew was able to deliver 261.5 pounds of food to the Cape Coral Caring Center where he felt he could best give back to his community.
- Zachary St. Laurent, 8th grade, Gulf Middle, son of William & Janine St. Laurent
Zachary became aware of a student that was being ridiculed in one of his classes. He brought this information to the attention of his teacher who passed it on to the school's guidance counselor, Ms. Justice. She spoke personally with Zach and he told her that the actions of his classmates really disgusted him the way they made fun of this student and he asked Ms. Justice how they could make it stop. When the issue was finally corrected, Zach made another trip to see Ms. Justice to thank her and to tell her that the student is now talking with others at lunch and is more self-confident. Zach is the type of person who always helps the student in need and because he was aware of something which was negatively affecting another student and made the effort to do something about it, the teasing has stopped.
- Bailee Peralto, 8th grade, Challenger Middle, daughter of Jon & Viktoria Peralto
Bailee is an outstanding student and caring individual. She has maintained close to a 4.0 GPA throughout her three years at Challenger and has been chosen for many awards including Student of the Month, 4.0 GPA, Highest Reading Level Recognition, and the Citizenship Award. She applied for and was accepted to the National Junior Honor Society and was nominated for the People to People Ambassador Program. She is an amazing writer, receiving both the first place award for a memoir at the Aspiring Authors competition and having one of her poems published in a county-wide poetry book, and is actually helping to co-author a novel in her Writing Club. Bailee is kind to all of her peers, so much so that she was selected to be a peer-mediator, helping counsel other students in conflict. Her kindness even extends outside of school. Bailee has clipped over 1,500 coupons which she has donated to military families. She is mature and responsible, and can always be counted on to help other students. For all of her accomplishments Bailee Peralto is being honored for continuing to do the right thing.