PHOTO:  Do The Right Thing Logo.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Do The Right Thing Logo.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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Cape Coral, FL 33990


Do The Right Thing for November 2013 

(November 19, 2013)- The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for November 2013 will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at 2:00pm in City Council Chambers.  This ceremony is open to the public and we encourage our community to come out and show their support to these outstanding young men and women who "did the right thing."

Six Cape Coral students will be recognized.  The winners’ nominations are after the break.



Tyler Martin-Shepherd 12th Grade, Mariner High School

Tyler was driving to school on N Del Prado Blvd. when he witnessed a woman running across the street ahead of him get hit by a car in the center lane of traffic. He reacted quickly and swerved around her as the car that struck her kept driving. He stopped his car as quickly as he could, put on his flashers and called 911 to report what had happened. The woman had crawled to the sidewalk and Tyler ran back to her to help and check for injuries. He waited with her for EMS and law enforcement to arrive. Tyler is a member of our JROTC program and is a shining example of a Triton leader at school and obviously in the community. He kept his head and responded to the situation appropriately with maturity and compassion.


Isaiah Matias 5th Grade, Hector Cafferata Elementary
David Matias-6th Grade, North Ft.Myers Academy

Isaiah and David Matias were walking home from their bus stop one day and saw a purse in the bush.  The two kids looked in the purse to see if they could find out who the purse belonged to.   The purse contained identification, $370.00, credit cards, a cell phone and gift cards with high dollar values.  The owner of the purse was called and reunited with her purse.  The owner was very grateful and stated that she had dropped the purse and had tried to locate it earlier in the day, unsuccessful.  The parents of the juveniles that located the purse were also notified and very proud of their kids for doing the right thing.


Karissa Talcott 10th Grade, Home School

Karissa Talcott is an exemplary member of Lee County Youth Leadership, an organization dedicated to teaching youth leadership skills and to empowering youth to plan, lead, and organize service projects to benefit communities, both local and abroad. 

Together with her club members, Karissa spent a year fundraising for her service trip to Moca, Dominican Republic, the official international sister city of Fort Myers.  Before the departure, Karissa’s mother was injured in an unfortunate accident, and Karissa was left unable to travel as she had to stay home and care for her mother.  Instead of keeping the funds earned on her account to roll over to her next service project, Karissa unselfishly donated her entire amount earned to purchase school supplies for needy school children.

Because of Karissa’s generous heart and compassion and concern for others, over $500.00 worth of school supplies were donated and delivered by her club members to the school children of Juan C. Estrella Crisostomo Elementary School in the Dominican Republic.  Karissa Talcott is an outstanding youth role model and deserves to be nominated for “Do The Right Thing”.


Samantha Linton 7th Grade, Caloosa Middle School

Samantha heard gossip among her peers that a classmate was attempting to coerce others into smoking an electronic cigarette during lunch time in the bathroom. She reported the incident to the appropriate authorities and swift action was taken. Samantha is to be commended for her quick decision to do the right thing and coming forward with information without the fear of repercussions.


Kelsey Clapham 10th Grade, Island Coast High School

Kelsey walked into the girls’ bathroom and entered the large stall.  After doing this she saw two cell phones on the floor.  She immediately picked them up and went and asked the girls in the bathroom if either phone belonged to any of them.  They did not.  She then went out in the hallway and asked the same thing of the girls who had just been in the bathroom.  The phones did not belong to them either.  At this point one of the girls suggested she keep the phones and just wipe them clean.  Kelsey immediately responded that this would not be honest and that she was going to turn them in and she did just that.  She went to the office and gave both phones to one of the secretaries and explained where she had found them  This is an amazing honest thing to do as no one would have known if she had kept them.  I applaud Kelsey for not only trying to find the owner but for turning the phone into the office.