The Cape Coral Police Department recognized seven local students Wednesday during the month Do The Right Thing ceremony at City Hall
- Makenzie Lawrey, second grade, Caloosa Elementary, daughter of Brandi and Jeff Lawrey
Makenzie is an outstanding student and a role model for her class, participating in the Kids Who Care Club, which does philanthropy projects around school. Recently, though, Makenzie took on a huge fund-raising project outside of school for her younger brother, Gavin. Gavin is an amazing 4-year-old who has been a medical mystery for nearly 3 years. He was just diagnosed in January 2012 with a mitochondrial disease, which is superimposed with multiple types of seizures and a rare neurological condition known as PKD. The seizures have been going on for 3 years and it was Makenzie's Christmas wish to obtain a seizure dog for Gavin. In fact, when Makenzie's teacher instructed her class to write as an assignment about the three things they wanted for Christmas, Makenzie was the only student who didn't ask for one single thing for herself. Instead, she asked for the seizure dog, money to help her parents pay the medical bills and toys for the kids staying at the hospital. Her Christmas wishes have slowly been coming to fruition because of her efforts. She organized a toy drive in conjunction with a Christmas party where each guest brought a new, unwrapped toy or book for a child staying at the hospital and then they decorated bags to put them in and made cards to go with them upon delivery. She also helped organize a blanket drive for the hospital as part of a benefit this past October. Finally, Makenzie had the idea to do a fund-raising project to get Gavin's seizure dog, so as a Christmas gift to Makenzie, a family friend helped her set up a fund-raising website all about Gavin. So far, a dog has been donated, and Makenzie has raised $9,700 toward the $15,000 needed to train the dog.
- Mario Beltran, 12th grade, Mariner High, son of Maria and Rigoberto Beltran
Mario was nominated by the special diploma teacher, Jan Norton who states, "I had Mario in 6th grade at Mariner Middle. At the time, he was a hand full and often received referrals." Recently, though, she noticed that Mario had grown not only in self discipline, but in respect and responsibility. Mario is now Mrs. Norton's student aide and not only has he developed a PowerPoint for her of the top vocabulary phrases, he also grades papers, files and runs errands. He is self motivated and keen to notice everyone's needs. There are a few severely physically handicapped students from the life skills program who join the reading class and Mario is quick to notice when someone has a need such as to remove or put on a jacket, or get a drink of water. He quickly and quietly helps out, then goes back to his own work. Mrs. Norton states, "Mario has made great gains and is on track to graduate this year with a goal of taking mechanics classes at High Tech North. He is a hard working young man who shows integrity and commitment.
- Miles Crockett, eighth grade, Caloosa Middle, son of Mark and Annie Crockett
Miles has been nominated for his spirit and his conscientious desire to help others. Miles is in sports, extracurricular clubs and academic challenge teams and excels in all he does; so much so that three teachers and his principal took part in writing his nomination. Finishing first and second, respectively, in his school's National Geography Bee and History Bee this year, he didn't only focus on himself but showed great sportsmanship by coaching a schoolmate and helping him to prepare for the Southwest Florida Regional Bees as well. Miles is strong in all academics and skilled as a performer. He enjoys learning and likes to help other students to be successful, challenging them as he challenges himself. Recently he came forward to help Caloosa Middle school to film a video detailing the school. His professionalism, speaking ability and ethics shone through to his schoolmates.