Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized Oct. 17 during the Lee County Sheriff's Office's "Do The Right Thing" awards ceremony.
Each month throughout the 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.
Some of the area students recognized included:
- Cole Erickson, of Lehigh Acres, is a fifth-grader at River Hall Elementary School.
- David Crockett, of Fort Myers, is a fifth-grader at River Hall Elementary School.
River Hall Elementary School teacher Becky Silcox wrote, "Cole and David heard a rumor from other students. They were talking about a fight that was to take place on the school campus. It had started with some students calling each other names. David and Cole both came to me about the rumor because they were concerned about the students involved and their potentially making wrong choices. As a result the school was able to act on the problem before anyone got hurt or something happened."
- Anthony Corella, of Lehigh Acres, is a kindergarten student at Bayshore Elementary School.
Bayshore Elementary School teacher Khrystine Bosland wrote, "I am so excited I have this opportunity to share with you how truly wonderful Anthony is. As his teacher, I have had the absolute joy of getting to know Anthony and learning who he is as a person. I will begin by telling you that this is the first time Anthony has ever been to school. I'm sure the very first day of school was a scary experience, coming to a brand new place, meeting brand new people. By the way that he walked in on that first morning, you would have never known that he was scared. He burst through the door with a huge smile on his face, ready to start this exciting new school year, and meet all of the new faces around him. In the beginning, Anthony took some time to get used to the routine, and I watched him every day as he picked up new things little by little. I was amazed by the strength and determination that he had, overcoming every obstacle that he met. He had become a role model for other children in our class and consistently makes great choices. Anthony brings joy to everyone around him with his love of storytelling and funny jokes. Anthony is one of the most kind, honest, loving, and self-witted children I have ever taught, I can always count on him to be doing the right thing. I can only imagine the remarkable successes that he will have this year and I am looking forward to watching his continued growth. I feel honored to be his teacher and to have a small place in his life."
- Blake Wolfert, of Lehigh Acres, is a fifth-grades at Harns Marsh Elementary School.
Harns Marsh Elementary School teacher Diane Walcher wrote, "Every day Blake approaches me and asks what he can do to help in the classroom. He does not care what it is, he is open to helping whether it is picking up litter from the classroom floor or handing put supplies. He will do anything I ask of him. He is a great role model in the classroom, displaying the spirit of volunteerism."
- Vincente Osorio, of Fort Myers, is a sixth-grades at Harns Marsh Middle School.
Harns Marsh Middle School SRO Deputy Tricia Aponte wrote, "Vincente found a lot of cash inside a desk at school. Vincente immediately took the found money to his teacher and turned it over to her. He displayed a great deal of honesty by turning in the money. I look forward to his positive influence making a big difference at our school this school year."
- Dylan Hammonds, of Lehigh Acres, is an eighth-grades at Harns Marsh Middle School.
Harns Marsh Middle School security specialist Clarence Finnie wrote, "Dylan sometimes struggles to arrive at school on time. I observed as he approached campus one day. He was slightly tardy, yet he managed to dismount his bike, as he entered the campus. He followed the school's safety procedure for bicycles entering the school grounds. I proudly greeted him that day and congratulated him for doing the right thing. I informed him that 'ones character is determined by what you do when no one is watching.'"
- Cor'Nesha Campbell, of Lehigh Acres, is an eighth-grader at Alternative Learning Center Central.
Alternative Learning Center Central Principal Dr. Ruthie Lohmeyer wrote, "In a reading class no one ever helped an eighth grade student except the teacher. Cor'Nesha became aware of the need and reached out and began to help the student. As a result of Cor'Nesha's help the student smiled for the first time and even finished an assignment for the first time. We are so very proud of her. Cor'Nesha will make a great future teacher and principal."