Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized April 24 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.
Local honorees include:
* LeVa'Ja Johnson, of Lehigh Acres, is a fourth-grader at Orange River Elementary School
* Serenity Ruiz, of Lehigh Acres, is a fourth-grader at Orange River Elementary School
Fourth-grade teacher Laura White wrote, "LaVa'Ja and Serenity observed a serious safety concern at school. They immediately knew what they had to do. They approached me as their teacher as told me what they had observed. School officials were then able to take the next appropriate action to resolve the matter. Their bravery was outstanding."
* Annmarie Sheehan, of Lehigh Acres, is a first-grader at Tortuga Preserve Elementary School
Tortuga Preserve Elementary School Principal Alane E. Adams wrote, "Annmarie Sheehan is a remarkable first grade student at Tortuga Preserve. Annmarie heard from her grandma that we were going to be gathering items in our food pantry to make sure every family had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Annmarie wanted to help. She had her birthday party and instead of her family and friends bringing her gifts, she asked that they donate money so she could buy turkeys and food for our school families. She raised $250, and donated every penny to our school pantry. What a wonderful young leader."
* Jose Flores, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grader at Lehigh Acres Middle School
* Dan'teriah Ward, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grader at Lehigh Acres Middle School
* Alexia Rodriguez, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grader at Lehigh Acres Middle School
Casey Erny wrote, "While at Sea World on a field trip, their chaperone experienced a medical emergency. Jose, Dan'teriah and Alexia kept their group stayed together near their chaperone. They immediately sought medical help. They also contacted the nearest familiar adult, and watched over the chaperone's toddler who was accompanying the group on their trip. They continued to help in a variety of ways, in a mature and responsible way, until the situation had been handled appropriately. They joined my group for the remainder of the day and everyone had a great time."
* Loren Spini, of Lehigh Acres, is a sixth-grader at Varsity Lakes Middle School
School bus driver Tony Bridley wrote, "During a routine bus stop an elderly Hispanic woman approached my bus, she was frantic and was visibly shaken. She spoke no English, so Loren realizing the need, intervened and interpreted for me. The Hispanic woman stated that she had been waiting for over one hour and her grandchildren had not yet arrived. I explained, through Loren, that her grandchildren's bus had broken down at their school, and that they would soon arrive. The woman immediately calmed down and was grateful ... all thanks to Loren."
* Jonathan Lott, of Lehigh Acres, is a senior at Riverdale High School
* Tyrelle Robinson, of Lehigh Acres, is a senior at Riverdale High School
* Ryan Muckensturm, of Labelle, is a junior at Riverdale High School
Riverdale High School SRO Deputy Johnathan Norwood wrote, "Jonathan, Tyrelle and Ryan volunteer three days a week, in the school cafeteria. I believe they should be recognized for their exemplary behavior, positive attitude and outstanding efforts to better their school. Their help is appreciated by all. They are great role models for other students to emulate."