The Cape Coral Police Department held its monthly Do The Right Thing ceremony Wednesday at City Hall. Ten students were recognized
- Spencer Carver, 8th grade, Caloosa Middle, son of Amy and Christopher Carver
Spencer has been volunteering with the Pre-K Social Communication classroom at Caloosa Elementary. It started out that he would go to the classroom at the end of the day to say good-bye to his mom who is a paraprofessional there and then it turned into something much more. He would leave his assigned classroom with permission five to ten minutes early to be able to spend a few minutes with the little kids, engaging them in games. These social interactions with a positive role model are important to the students, and their faces would light up when they saw Spencer approaching. This year Spencer is assigned to the classroom as the middle school volunteer assisting wherever he can. He is kind to the students and accepting of their uniqueness. Without being asked, he has been working on teaching the students how to throw and catch a ball and play tag. Spencer also chooses to go to Caloosa Elementary an hour and a half before his own school day begins to work with the three and four year olds in the classroom and brighten their day.
- Anthony Gomez, 7th grade, Caloosa Middle, son of Arelis and Rogelio Gomez
Anthony voluntarily took on the task of assisting a new student who only speaks Spanish. During the course of the 1st semester, Anthony has dedicated three of his elective periods weekly to help the new student learn English as well as the rules of the school. He ensures that the student receive the right resources such as vocabulary flash-cards and access to websites with on-line language activities. Anthony recalls the help he received earlier in his education, having come from a bilingual home, and decided this was an opportunity he could not pass up. As a result of Anthony's help, the student feels welcomed to his new school. He is now able to share his concerns with Anthony and his teachers about areas where he needs more practice. Caloosa could not have asked for a better mentor than Anthony.
- Matt Howard, 12th grade, Island Coast High, son of Michelle and William Howard
- Chris Apostol, 12th grade, Island Coast High, son of James and Susan Apostol
- Colsen Loughren, 1st grade, Patriot Elementary, son of Nicholas and Suzi Loughren
These three students volunteered their time and energy as well as car and gas to get entire Thanksgiving meals and then spent their afternoon delivering them to Island Coast families that would not otherwise be able to enjoy a "normal" thanksgiving meal. While most of us were sharing the day with loved ones, these three gave their time to deliver meals to ten different families all over Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department