(April 14, 2015)- The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for April 2015 will be held Wednesday, April 15, 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.
Emilee Hauser-7th Grade at Caloosa Middle School
Emilee is a leader at Caloosa Middle School. She constantly chooses to do the right thing. She is an academic superstar, a tremendously gifted athlete, and a fabulous front office student aide who goes out of her way to share a smile with both adults and other students. Emilee is always polite and willing to help with anything when asked to do so. She helps the teachers by finding creative ideas for the bulletin boards, designing and decorating them so that teachers can focus on working with students. Emilee also volunteers with her soccer club, Cape Coral Soccer for the TOP Soccer program (The Outreach Program). It is a program to involve special needs children in the skills and game of soccer. Emilee is truly a gift.
Shayanne Walsh-5th Grade at Skyline Elementary
While working a Girl Scout Cookie booth with her mom on Feb 20th, Shyanne showed true strength and bravery. After selling cookies to a customer Shyanne’s mom fell to the ground and had a seizure. Shyanne acted quickly by grabbing her mom’s phone and calling 911 followed by calling her father. She then helped move the cookie booth out of the way so that EMS could get to her mother. Mom was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Shyanne proved that she can save someone in an emergency situation by acting quickly and calmly.
Christopher Slagle– 4th Grade at Gulf Elementary
Christopher is a very reliable and honest student. He has been tasked with taking the lunch money envelope to the cafeteria and his teacher knows it will be turned in correctly. When asked by his teacher, Christopher always tells the truth even if it meant that he or a close friend are going to be in trouble for breaking a rule. One morning during the care program, Christopher found a hundred dollar bill on the floor. Many of the students were telling him to keep the money but Christopher is a very honest and trustworthy child and turned the money in. The parent that lost the money showed up to school to present Christopher with a soccer ball and an offer for a free limo ride to thank him for his honesty.
Delaney Blackwell-5th Grade at Pelican Elementary
Delaney is committed to helping others. She started a small “breakfast club” at her school with younger students who do not speak English as their first language. Delaney eats with them two days a week and tutors these students in English. She holds conversations with them to expose them to everyday words. At times, she uses flash cards and electronic devices to enhance their learning opportunities.
Isabella Lopez – 3rd Grade at Pelican Elementary
Ruben Ruiz – 3rd Grade at Pelican Elementary
Bella and Ruben have befriended a non-English speaking student. They helped to show her where things were located and tried to make her feel more comfortable. They led their new classmate to recess and lunch and continued to help her learn more about the school’s environment and language each day. Bella and Ruben have embraced their leadership roles and are truly kind and caring students.
Kailyn McLeod – 3rd Grade at Pelican Elementary
One afternoon, while waiting for her bus to arrive, a young boy told Kailyn that he was going to harm the bus driver. This boy even drew a picture of himself holding a weapon. As soon as Kailyn arrived home she told her mom about what happened. The following morning, Kailyn shared what had happened with her teacher and the administration at her school. It took bravery for Kailyn to come forward and talk about this incident.
Yaul Del-Rio Perez – 6th Grade at Diplomat Middle
The Fire Department was dispatched to Yaul’s home for an elderly female who was having severe arm pain. Yaul’s grandmother was in a lot of pain and the family was visibly worried. The family only spoke Spanish and if it was not for 11 year old Yaul on scene the Fire Department would have struggled due to the language barrier. When the Fire Department arrived, this brave young man was very calm and collected and translated step by step both to his grandmother and the Fire Department the information that was needed. Lt. Michelle Clore of the Fire Department states that she was very impressed with Yaul’s mature and professional demeanor and the way he handled himself. She also stated that she has been on numerous calls where grown adults were not as collected and as helpful as he was. The Cape Coral Police Department along with the Fire Department would like to let Yaul know that we are very proud of him for being such a great asset during his family emergency.
Erick Ortiz-6th Grade at Oasis Middle
Erick is a well mannered, polite young man whose kindheartedness inspires those around him. Ever since the year began, Erick has picked up the trash left on the tables and floor of students who left behind their garbage. Although his teacher told him he didn’t need to do so, his respond is always the same, “it’s okay, I don’t mind.”
Emmanuel Saint Luc – 6th Grade at Challenger Middle
Emmanuel is a very responsible and honest young man. Throughout the year he has demonstrated a remarkable amount of growth in all areas. The other day Emmanuel found fifty dollars on the floor while walking with another student. The other student tried to persuade Emmanuel to keep the money but Emmanuel knew better, he turned the money in. Emmanuel is able to positively influence his peers and is respected by them. He has improved tremendously in his academic grades and has a positive attitude.
Noah Wyatt Smith – 6th Grade at Challenger Middle
Noah is a very honest young man. He found a pair of expensive tennis shoes in the boy’s locker room during PE. Several students told him to keep it since they were nice shoes. Although no one claimed the shoes, rather than keeping the shoes or giving them to a friend, he turned them into the front office so that it could be claimed by the student who lost it. He told the office that “it wouldn’t be right to keep the shoes.” Noah’s positive behavior is one to be admired.
YonCarlos Jimenez – 6th Grade at Challenger Middle
YonCarlos is a wonderful young man and is very helpful in and out of school. He volunteers his time to mow his elderly neighbor’s lawn whenever he notice it is growing, this usually takes about 2 hours to do.
Jerika Wisniewski – 6th Grade at Challenger Middle
Jerika is an awesome student. She serves as a role model for other students in class. She maintains her 99% grade in science and also helps her older sister to baby sit younger kids.
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