(October 14, 2014)- The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for October 2014 will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 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."  Our guest speaker will be Lee County School Board member, Mary Fischer.

Six (6) Cape Coral students will be recognized.  The winners’ nominations are after the break.

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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Matthew Furman- 5th Grade        
Gulf Elementary

Matthew found money on the P.E. Court and without hesitation brought it immediately to his teacher.  In this day and time finding lost money with no one around watching, it is very tempting to keep the money and not tell anyone.  His teacher states she is very proud of Matthew’s honesty and good character in turning in the lost money.

Gavin Vaughn– 4th Grade            
Skyline Elementary

Gavin has had to overcome a lot of difficulties in his life.  He attends “All Superstar Daycare” during the summer and after school.  While he is there, he takes the time to help the younger students that are struggling with their homework.  On days that he is there all day, he helps the teachers with the 3-5 year old children.  Not only does Gavin help the students at his daycare, he often gives up his “Free Friday” time to come volunteer in Mrs. Chaffee’s 3rd grade classroom.  He has been working hard on improving himself and others around him.  Gavin is an excellent role model to his two younger brothers, proving to them, that they too can do anything they put their minds to.  

Clena Lausis- 7th Grade            
Challenger Middle School

Clena has taken another student under her wing and goes out of her way to insure this young lady does not get academically frustrated.  She has not only befriended her, but also helped her understand Math.  She has eased the other student’s frustration greatly!  Clena is always pleasant and has a smile on her face.  She does the little extras in class without being asked.  She really has helped this other student acclimate to Challenger Middle School.   

Solanch Dupeyron– 8th Grade            
Challenger Middle School

Solanch has been witnessed standing up for other students who were being criticized.  In middle school this can be a risky thing to do because students want others to like them.  Solanch is always respectfuly and calm in her demeanor and not afraid to speak up and take risks.  She truly cares about other people.  

Alex Knoblauch– 6th Grade            
Trafalgar Middle School

Eleven year old Alex discovered his dad Donald unconscious and not breathing on September 21st of this year.  At that time Alex rushed to the phone and dialed 9-1-1.  Alex listened to dispatch and got his unconscious dad out of bed and started CPR.  When Medics arrived, Alex was desperately attempting to save his father’s life.  Sadly, God had different plans for Alex’s father that day, Donald passed away.  Alex was incredibly brave, and did all the right things to try to save his dad’s life.  When he called 9-1-1 he gave the right answers and followed instructions better than most adults.  The dispatcher taking the call said that she has “never talked to a more controlled caller, even though he was scared and upset.  He did everything they asked and gave the information very clear.  This young man is a hero in our eyes”!!!” and must know that he did absolutely everything right and everything humanly possible to save his dad’s life and that we are all very proud of him.

Melia Coughlin– 11th Grade            
Oasis High School

The SRO of Oasis High School observed Melia during the second week of school.  He observed Melia walk to a table where a female freshman student was sitting alone. The female freshman student appeared to be intimidated by the large crowd of mostly older students. Melia sat next to the female freshman, smiled and invited her back to her table. The female freshman student smiled, accepted and accompanied Melia. Melia then introduced the female freshman to the other older students at the table and invited her to sit with them. Later when Melia was asked why she did this, she responded "I was that girl when I first arrived at this school."  Melia's teachers also have only great things to say about her describing Melia as a hard worker and an all around good kid. 

Melia's act of kindness toward the female freshman student was just a small sample of Melia's willingness to help others. 


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