November 2017

1. DAISY ALVAREZ, eighth grade, Citrus Grove Middle:
Daisy is a student who understands good values and the difference between right and wrong. She has witnessed a few incidents between students and remembers that when you see something or hear something that you know is wrong to tell an adult. Recently there was an unfortunate incident after school in which an eighth grade student grabbed and threw a sixth grade student to the ground resulting in a concussion. The sixth grade student was in the hospital for the next three days. Daisy immediately alerted security of what had happened and informed them of the student’s identity. Daisy exhibited real concern and compassion for others.

2. DAVID BUILES, fourth grade, Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary:
David began to have epileptic seizures last year when he was in the third grade. He takes medication daily and is under a neurologist’s care. This has not dulled his beautiful spirit. Additionally, his family has financial issues and his treatments and meds have put a large strain on an already small budget. Recently, David’s school had a drive for the United Way and each class was collecting funds. Every day, David would search for loose change and bring what he could. His teacher told him not to worry and that he had already donated, but he insisted on bringing whatever he could. David is also fantastic baseball player, and his team has won many tournaments. David proudly wears his winning rings to school, yet he never brags or boasts. It is heartwarming to see a child that is so caring of others who does the right thing every day.

3. TRANIYA DIXON, fifth grade, Frederick Douglass Elementary:
Traniya came to school late recently with a look that something was not right. The counselor asked her to come speak outside in the hallway privately. She expressed that another student had some issues going on at home and that she was planning on running away. Traniya convinced the other student to come to school, rethink her decision to run away, and seek help from her teacher. Traniya could have stayed silent but she cared about her friend enough to speak up. Traniya did the right thing.

4. ROMAN GARCIA, second grade, Pinecrest Cove Academy:
Roman is a loyal friend. He went to his father with privileged and confidential information pertaining to one of his friends at school. Both father and son came to the school to disclose the information to the proper authorities, a brave act indeed. Roman has been always there to support and be a good friend to this student. If it were not for Roman reporting a harmful situation, the student would have continued to be in danger. Roman saw something and said something.

5. DENIS GEVAWER, fourth grade, Colonial Drive Elementary:
Two years ago, Denis was on his way to becoming a Do The Right Thing nominee. However, last year, he struggled with his focus and his academics and behavior suffered. This year, Denis has done the right thing by demonstrating consistent effort. He now comes to school and goes out of his way to be helpful. Denis has also volunteered to assist a newly arrived student with learning English and helps other students in his class with math. He now has the responsibility of monitoring the behavior chart in his classroom. Recently, Denis volunteered his activity ticket to another student who lost theirs. In or out of school, Denis can be seen picking up litter. Denis also helped his uncle clean his house after he suffered roof damage from Hurricane Irma. Denis assists his sister in the morning to get ready for school and he cleans around his house. Additionally, he gathers toys, video games, and shoes to donate to his church charity to help homeless children. Denis also helps his mom distribute pamphlets for his church. While shopping with his mom, Denis found a wallet with a substantial amount of money. Denis turned over the wallet to a manager and the owner was found. Denis has also helped a young child find his parents by walking the aisles until they were located. Denis has demonstrated many accomplishments this year and is a Do the Right Thing winner.

6. TYRONE GREEN, seventh grade, West Homestead K-8 Center, Washington, D.C. Trip Winner:
Tyrone went out of his way to step in and help a younger student who was walking home after dismissal. A stranger approached the younger student and Tyrone noticed that the student did not know the adult. He walked over and let the girl know that she needed to leave the situation and stay away from the adult. Tyrone is to be commended for using Stranger Danger to save the girl so that she could make it home safely.

7. TAYLOR LASSTER, seventh grade, Horace Mann Middle:
Taylor was on Facebook and saw a message posted by her friend indicating that she wanted to end her life. Taylor alerted her teachers who were able to communicate with the student ‘s principal and mother. Thanks to Taylor’s intervention, assistance was given and the situation ended positively. It takes bravery, foresight, and caring to go to the proper authorities to seek help for others who are struggling.

8. FABIAN PERNAS, fifth grade, Kinloch Park Elementary, Rapids Water Park Trip Winner:
Early last week, Fabian was taken from class by the assistant principal for reasons unknown to his teacher. When his teacher followed up, Fabian informed her that as they were in morning lineup waiting for their respective teachers, one of his friends from another class had taken out an object that had a blade/knife attached to it. Fabian asked his friend why he had brought it to school and his friend admitted that he was going to fight another student that day because he kept bothering him. Fabian asked him to please put it away. Unbeknownst to his friend, Fabian alerted the assistant principal about the situation and later gave a full report of the incident to the administration. Fabian prevented a potentially dangerous situation in spite of it involving a friend. For his bravery and swift and discreet actions, Fabian is a true candidate for the Do The Right Thing award.

9. AMANDA RODRIGUEZ, seventh grade, Hialeah Middle:
At just nine years old, Amanda found herself in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by people whose language she did not recognize. Although she knew the United States offered an endless amount of opportunities for a young girl like herself, she was utterly afraid of what the future would hold. One of the hardest obstacles she faced when fleeing Cuba was saying goodbye to her beloved grandparents and cousins. Amanda, who is now 13, has managed to pass all of her classes and has a pristine attendance record. If there is one thing Amanda has exhibited in her short time here it is dedication. She shows up to class eager to learn and ready to help others. On a daily basis, you can spot her sitting in the cafeteria assisting her fellow peers who share the same struggle of speaking English. While Amanda’s English is not perfect, she pushes herself every day in hopes of reaching her dream of attending college. Amanda also partakes in her school Dance Magnet Program where she participates in dance shows and after school activities. Amanda’s involvement doesn’t end there. She is an active member at her local church where she is active in the youth group and dedicates a majority of her weekends sharing her faith. In her youth group, Amanda helps her peers by discussing challenges and possible temptations that occur in a teenager’s life such as drug abuse, peer pressure, alcohol abuse, and suicide. Last summer, Amanda’s health began to deteriorate. She began feeling unexplainable and immense stomach pains and spent the entire summer in and out of doctors’ offices. After months of needles and exams, Amanda woke up in the middle of the night screaming in pain. Her mother rushed her to the emergency room and it was determined that Amanda’s appendix had ruptured. Amanda underwent an emergency surgery in hopes of surviving appendicitis and the bacteria in her body that resulted. The moment after Amanda was sent home, she was eager to return to school and continue her learning journey. Overcoming challenges is a part of life and Amanda has risen above with each and every obstacle placed before her.

10. RICHARD ZAYAS, eighth grade, Citrus Grove Middle:
Richard was outside in front of the school with his friends after dismissal when he noticed out of the corner of his eye that an incident between some other students was taking place. Richard tried to stop the incident but it escalated into ice being thrown and hitting a girl in the face. Although Richard could not stop the action, while the rest of his friends ran the other way, he immediately noticed the girl was hurt and laying on the floor and stayed behind to help her. Richard did the right thing by not bowing to peer pressure to abandon the situation but rather try to help another student in need.