(April 19, 2016)- The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for April 2016 will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 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.

Guest speaker:  Cape Coral Councilwoman Marilyn Stout


Alexandria Kyle- 8th Grade, Challenger Middle
Sandra Ford- 8th Grade, Challenger Middle
Erica Dostie- 8th Grade , Challenger Middle

Alexandra, Sandra and Erica decided to make a big basket of treats to surprise a friend.  They did this because their classmate won an enormous box of chocolates as a result of the Survivor Essay Contest.  The girl couldn’t eat any of the chocolates because of dietary restrictions; she has Krohn’s Disease.  The girls felt badly that the student couldn’t enjoy her prize, so they researched and obtained a list of the things that she could eat.  They put together a huge basket of treats and gave it to her. 

Brianna Clark- 7th Grade, Diplomat Middle
Brianna saw a young man showing a foldable pocket knife to other students at the bus stop.  She was able to have him give it to her.  She then handed the pocket knife to her bus driver and said she was just trying to make sure everyone was safe.  

Challen Lowe– 4th Grade, Oasis Charter Elementary
Challen, seeing a 1st grader nervous about trying cheerleading, convinced her to participate in cheering class.  Because of Challen’s support and encouraging words, she helped the 1st grader to overcome her fear.  The 1st grader now loves going to cheer.  

Louis-Elie Laurent– 6th Grade, Caloosa Middle
The principal lost her expensive bracelet at a school dance. Louis found the bracelet and turned it in.   The bracelet had lots of sentimental value to it and the principal was very thankful that it was located.  

Monica Ruiz– 10th Grade, Cape Coral H.S.
Monica witnessed behavior that she felt was inappropriate towards a special needs student.   Monica alerted the proper authorities and made sure that a completed investigation was done.  Monica spoke up for a student that was unable to do so for himself.  

Ashley Lanni– 7th Grade, Caloosa Middle
Meledie Burgess– 7th Grade, Caloosa Middle
Ashley and Meledie came forward and informed school officials that other students were going around the school causing chaos and destruction of school property.  Both ladies continue to be instrumental in mentoring other students on being accountable for their personal choices.  Both Ashley and Meledie are viewed as problem solvers and students have respect for them both.

Alexa Fleming– 5th Grade, Cape Elementary
Alexa is a safety patrol monitor during parent pick up and drop off at Cape Elementary.  While on duty Alexa noticed a toddler was not buckled in nor had a car seat.  She expressed her concern for the child to a school official.  One morning Alexa saw the car again and notified Deputy Campisi of the situation who then opened the door to let the student out and saw the toddler, standing on the floor board in the back seat of the car.  Due to Alexa’s concern about the safety of the child, Deputy Campisi was able to address this situation.

Alex Atia- 7th Grade, Challenger Middle
Alex’s kayaking team got a request from the pediatric cancer ward at Health Park Hospital for Easter Baskets.  Alex and his friends collected and donated items for the baskets.  They decorated each basket and he and his team members went to the hospital to personally deliver them to the children.  As a team leader, Alex provided leadership to the team in making a difference in the lives of the children at the hospital.

Madison Dingerson- 8th Grade, Trafalgar Middle
Madison and some of her scouts were in Port Charlotte helping the homeless.  On their way back home they stopped to eat at Cracker Barrel.   While in the parking lot of the restaurant, Madison noticed a 100 dollar bill lying on the ground and turned it in to her scout leader.  The leader ask Madison what she should do with it and Madison, without hesitation said, “turn it in.”  The worker at the restaurant was very impressed with Madison’s action and commented that her honesty and good judgement are positive attributes that are worthy of emulation by her peers.

Isaac Calderon- 7th Grade, Challenger Middle
Isaac’s mom Lorena, who has a heart condition, got up one morning to attend to her toddler who woke up.  While taking care of her son, she became flustered and sick.  She passed out in the bathroom with her head in water.  Isaac became aware of the situation, assisted his mom to lie on the floor then called 9-1-1.  He then made sure that his little brother was all right while waiting for the emergency workers.  His quick thinking and action resulted in both his mother and brother being safe. 

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