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Several students from Cape Coral among Sheriff’s Office monthly ‘Do The Right Thing’ winners

November 3, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Lee County Sheriff's Office's "Do The Right Thing" awards ceremony was held Oct. 19 in the Lee County School Board's board room at the Lee County Public Education Center, 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Each month throughout the 2017-2018 school year, the Lee County Sheriff's Office will honor the positive actions of the community's students through the "Do The Right Thing" student recognition program. The goal of "Do The Right Thing" is to reinforce positive behavior among youths and to establish students as role models for their peers. "Do The Right Thing" partners law enforcement, local government, the business and Lee County educational community together in an effort to make a lasting positive impact on our community's young adults.

Among the honorees were several students from Cape Coral.

* Jaden Witsche of Cape Coral, third grader, Hancock Creek Elementary School

Hancock Creek Elementary School, third grade teacher Christine Zwaan wrote that "each school day a student from our Life Skills/ ESE classroom spends 30 minutes interacting and working with the students, in my third grade classroom. Jayden goes an extra step to making this student feel like part of the class. He is not only a role model but a true friend to this student."

* Erica Paccione of Cape Coral, junior, Oasis High School

Her nomination letter indicated that "while her parents were at work, Erica cared for her sister who woke up with a fever of 102 degrees. Erica frequently monitored the situation with her sister. When the fever continued to rise to 105 degrees, Erica made an immediate decision to transport her sister to the hospital emergency room. In the emergency room medical staff admitted her sister and treated her. It may have been critical without her immediate action. She had taken charge of the potentially life threatening situation and saved he sisters life. We are proud of her maturity and courage."

* Dalissi Nunez-Guevara of Fort Myers, ninth grader, Riverdale High School

* Keven Aulet of Cape Coral, senior, Cape Coral High School

* Veronica Govea of Fort Myers, 10th grader, Lehigh Senior High School

* Maverik Espinal of Fort Myers, 10th grader, Dunbar High School

* Dario Ruiz Morales of Fort Myers, 10th grader, Dunbar High School

* Mia Ruiz of Fort Myers, seventh grader, Oak Hammock Middle School

Oak Hammock Middle School school resource officer Cpl. Ranju George wrote that these students assisted the Red Cross, Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Oak Hammock Middle School staff by serving the public before, during and after Hurricane Irma. Oak Hammock Middle School was an evacuation shelter. They all helped out in many ways, as needed, that included translating from Spanish to English, working in the kitchen, food service, cleaning up and manning the front office at the school. "I greatly appreciated these students for stepping up and serving others. Their long hours of helping made a big difference in the lives of hundreds of families at the shelter."



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