(March 18, 2015)- The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for March 2015 will be held today,  Wednesday, March 18, 2015 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."

Thirteen (13) 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)


Erin Ramey – 7th Grade at Caloosa Middle
Erin is a remarkable young lady who has compassion for mankind beyond her years.    She helps out elementary school students every morning before middle school starts.  She is a leader and is always willing to help other students if they are struggling with their assignments.  The other day Erin witnessed a student being bullied in the cafeteria and she was not going to tolerate the behavior.  Erin consoled the student being bullied telling her that “every person is unique and has something to offer the world and to always be true to yourself.”  She then confronted the bully and told her to stop putting others down to make herself look good.  Today, because of what Erin did, the student is no longer being bullied and is “confident and courageous” in her outlook on life.

Michael Pac – 11th Grade at Cape Coral H.S.
Michael and his classmate have been friends ever since elementary.  They recently lost another classmate to suicide in December of 2014.  Michael recognized the same feeling of helplessness in his classmate as the friend they had recently lost.  Michael reached out, listening to his friend, giving him encouragement and strength to continue on, and letting him know he is always there for him.   Despite Michael and his other friends’ efforts to reach out, Michael still found his friend to be despondent.   Seeing the magnitude of his classmate’s depression, Michael immediately went to school officials and informed them that his friend needed help.  Thanks to Michael his friend is getting the help and the support that he needs. 

Melanie Pena – 6th Grade at Challenger Middle
Melanie is a very thoughtful student.  She had very long hair and wanted to donate it to a good cause.  Melanie cut off 12” of her hair and placed it in a box.  She then went on line to do some research to see where she could donate her hair to.  She found a site called “Wigs for Kids” which has existed for over 30 years and provides hair pieces for kids who have lost their hair.  

Steven Rua – 8th Grade at Challenger Middle
Steven is a very special young man.  He is kind, considerate, and always thoughtful in his actions.  He has volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity sweeping and cleaning homes.  Steven has also volunteered at the soup kitchen serving food on a weekly basis. He is a mentor and a role model to other students and counsels them about “doing the right thing."

Shea McMurrain – 6th Grade at Challenger Middle
Shea’s passion for his volunteer work at the Animal Rescue Center is one to be admired.  He loves cats and kittens and enjoys giving them “human” exposure to help them become great pets.  He shares his experiences freely and motivates others to become a volunteer at the shelter.

Katelyn Bly – 5th Grade at Christa McAuliffe Elementary
Alexis Klepper – 5th Grade at Christa McAuliffe Elementary
Alexis with her friend Katelyn realized that the holiday was closely approaching and that some students will be going without toys decided to do something about it.  They pitched their idea of starting a Toy Drive to their Principal Mrs. Collins, who gave her support to start the project.   They developed posters and made announcements on the school news.  Alexis and Katelyn asked students to bring in new and gently used toys to give to the “Oma’s Heart Charity”.  Their hard work and effort enabled them to collect over 500 toys for the charity. This first toy drive will become an annual event at the school.    

Joseph Fagan – 1st Grade at Gulf Elementary
Joseph found money on the basketball court and immediately turned it into the PE Teacher.  This took great character and honesty.

Kayla Vandemark – 8th Grade at Oasis Middle School
Kayla stopped by to speak to a teacher after school; when leaving the classroom Kayla noticed money on the floor and turned it into the teacher.  Kayla displayed honesty and integrity.

Maia Molina – 8th Grade at Oasis Middle School
Maia found money at the end of the school day and turned it into the office.  She displayed honesty and good character.

Adriana Mateo – 7th Grade at Oasis Middle School
Adriana displayed truthfulness and integrity when she found money and turned it into the office.

Anna Coogan – 7th Grade at Oasis Middle School
Anna found money and turned it into the office.  She displayed integrity and good character. 

Xiari Scott- 8th Grade at Oasis Middle School
Xiari displayed honesty and integrity when she found money during her lunch period and turned it in.

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