(April 18, 2017) - The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for April 2017 will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 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." FOX4 news anchor Patrick Nolan will be the guest speaker.

Ten (10) Cape Coral students will be recognized.  The winners’ nominations are after the break.


MaKenna Stearns – 3rd Grade                         Pine Island Elementary School

MaKenna was concerned that “Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary” did not have enough food to feed all 200 cats. MaKenna decided to ask for cat food for Christmas rather than gifts for herself.

Joseph Tracey – 7th Grade                             Oasis Middle School
Dylan Tracey – 12th Grade                              Oasis High School

If it were not for the actions of Joseph and Dylan, their mother would not be here today. This past December their mom, Nancy, suffered a heart attack. Joseph alerted his dad who called 9-1-1 while Dylan assisted his mom in getting dressed before the paramedics arrived.

Josie McWilliam – 4th Grade                           Christa McAuliffe Elementary School

Josie found a credit card on the walkway in front of her neighbor’s house. Instead of keeping the card or leaving it on the ground, Josie turned the card in to her neighbor. The neighbor was able to give the card back to its rightful owner.

Owen Jones – 1st Grade                                   Christa McAuliffe Elementary School

Owen has a kind heart and is constantly asking questions and wants to help people who are homeless. At a BMX race, Owen noticed a homeless man digging through the trash. Instead of making fun of the man like the other kids, Owen went into his bag and gave the man shampoo and water. On another occasion, Owen offered a homeless person his hot dog, but Owen’s kind heart didn’t stop there. Owen decided he was going to dance with the homeless man to the holiday music that was playing. 

Ethan Alexander – 1st Grade                             Patriot Elementary School

Ethan is a first grade student who is always willing to lend a helping hand.  He has a knack for knowing who needs support or a kind word. Ethan has a friend in class who is struggling financially. Ethan brings him personal items and things to share whenever he can.

Skyler Hann – 12th Grade                                  Oasis High School

Skyler, a high school student, took it upon himself to volunteer as a middle school bus monitor.  He assists the bus driver acting as an “extra set of eyes” to keep kids safe. Skyler has approached administrative staff to see if there is the possibility of establishing a school bus monitoring program led by high school students. To this day, Skyler continues to voluntarily ride the school buses every afternoon.

Skylar Martin – 4th Grade                                  Christa McAuliffe Elementary School 

Skylar puts into action what she had learned in the SABERS Anti-Bullying Club. She recognized a student was being picked on by two other girls. Skylar helped the girl by removing her from the situation.

Erika Peterson – 8th Grade                                Challenger Middle School

Erika volunteers to assist a student who has a learning disability and struggles academically.  Erika is extremely patient, gentle, and encourages the student.  Her efforts have made a difference in this child’s life.  

Chase Hedrick – 8th Grade                                 Gulf Middle School

One of CCPD’s operators received a call from Chase on Sunday, March 5th stating that he had found a bag of marijuana near the gates of a local middle school. Chase told the operator that he called his mom first, who instructed him to call the police to report the incident. Thanks to Chase’s quick action and call, an officer was able to locate the marijuana and take it off the street.  When others may have chosen to look the other way, Chase jumped into action.


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